97 Points James Halliday
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc Yarra Valley Victoria
Exceptional Langtons Classification. Established 1971, Mount Mary is a single vineyard estate, one of the first to be planted during the resurgence of interest in Yarra Valley wines. John and Marli Middleton became obsessed with the great French growths after visits to Burgundy and Bordeaux. They resolved to find a very special Yarra Valley site with a view to emulating the statuesque French styles. An extravagantly rich cepage of Cabernet and Merlot, Malbec, Verdot and Cabernet Franc, Quintet exhibits an uncanny balance which drinks beautifully.
The low yielding, unirrigated vines at Mount Mary Vineyard are planted to grey sandy clay loams over broken shale soils. The percentage of each varietal included into Quintet every year is determined largely by the vagaries of vintage, factors such as fruit set and quality of harvest. Grapes are hand picked and lightly crushed, destemmed and vinified in a mix of closed and open top fermenters for up to ten days while being treated to frequent pumpovers. Upon completion of malolactic and lees settling, the wine is transferred into a selection of new and seasoned oak barriques and larger format 1500L oak casks for a year, followed by a racking into seasoned barriques for a further ten months.
Deeply coloured, dark purple red. Lots of bright fruit, complex, a tighter, more savoury wine, earthy aromas and cedar are punctuated by raspberry notes. The palate is structured and linear, offering good weight of fruit, ripe red berry flavours and tobacco characters. A Yarra Valley of richness and length, firm tannins but very much in balance, a slight alcohol lift on finish will see it through for many years to come.