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.
The limited release JWDM Cabernet is a wine never bottled before at Mount Mary. It is made from a selection of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, planted in 1971 by founder Dr John William Dyer Middleton. It is a one-off, limited-edition wine produced from the 2015 vintage. With only 649 bottles produced, it is extremely limited. Each bottle is individually numbered from 1 to 649.
John’s initial and firm belief in 1971 was that Cabernet Sauvignon was the Yarra Valley’s premium grape variety. This sentiment influenced his vision for Mount Mary and in turn drove the decision in making this one-off wine. There is an incredible latent power, elegance and balance to this wine that is testament to a 45+ year old vineyard. The palate shows impressive depth and persistence, with a fruit profile that is darker and more brooding than our flagship Quintet blend typically shows. The gravelly tannic spine is another example of just how great Yarra Cabernet can be. We do not wish to indicate a drinking window but expect the generations of Middletons to follow at Mount Mary will enjoy this wine for many decades to come. – Sam Middleton
A one off to celebrate 40 years of winemaking at Mount Mary. 649 bottles. Contains 5% Malbec with the Cabernet Sauvignon coming from the original 1971 plantings. Perfume. Precision. Power. Heady fragrance of violets over boysenberry, mainly, though a full spectrum of berries are in the mix, pencil, cedar, baking spices, subtle earth and gravel. It’s medium-bodied, plush with ripe berries, tobacco and exotic perfume. Tannin is deep and resonant, dense and gravelly, and for a man who loves his tannin, it’s blissfully good. Finish rolls on and on, all that tannin, savoury flavour and exquisite perfume like the vapour trail of a jet. It’s hard to fault, and so easy to fall in love with. It’s destined to become one of the legends of Australian wine. Tasted: Apr 19; Alcohol: 13.5%; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2025-2045; Rated: 98+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
95% cabernet, 5% malbec, hand-picked, bunch-sorted, open ferment whole berry/crushed fruit, matured in French oak (65% new, 35% second fill). JWDM are the initials of founder John Middleton. I have one word for the colour of the wine: amazing. The same applies to the bouquet and palate with a criss-cross of super-intense blackberry/cassis and a bevy of savoury lines of flavour. All up the wine is so intense it is painful, the pain from heaven. Drink by: 2055; Date Tasted: Mar 2019; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 99 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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