Mount Mary is one of the great small wineries of Australia, established by Dr John Middleton in 1972. Production is tiny. Mount Mary is noted for both the character and high quality of its wines. Since the first vintage in 1976, it has established itself as one of Australia's most highly regarded producers, commanding a mythical status among wine collectors. The vineyard faces due north and captures optimum sunlight during the growing season. The purity of fruit, poise and structure of Quintet, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot blend, epitomises the estate. It resonates with individuality of place and Dr John’s fastidious respect for the landscape. Mount Mary has continued to take great steps forward while staying true to the vision of Dr John, whose son David oversees the business while grandson Sam Middleton has taken on the winemaking mantle with aplomb.
Clones P58, Mendoza, I10V1, 76 and 277, hand-picked, destemmed and crushed, barrel-fermented with a wide range of cultured yeasts, 11 months in French oak (27% new). Pale straw-green; very youthful in every respect; attention to detail has lead to a sophisticated wine destined for a long life. Drink to: 2031; Price: $110.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2018; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Wine Companion
I tasted all these 2016 wines from barrel last year with the affable Sam Middleton, who I feel, is leading this grand estate to new heights. Gold in colour, it's not a shy Chardonnay by half: welcome to Flavour Country. Nectarine, white flowers, fresh mint, honey and pecans, and just a pleasant amount of struck match complexity. Glossy and glycerol, sizzled butter and nuts, yet fresh and floral, flinty elements at play, grapefruity acidity, long, rich and nutty to close, yet curiously fine throughout. Love this. Real Chardonnay. I reckon it's pretty good drinking 'round about now, too. Tasted: Sep 18; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $115; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018 - 2026+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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