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.
Réflexion wines are made entirely from Mount Mary estate grown fruit, primarily from youngest plantings. The fruit grown on these vines is still developing towards the quality and consistency demanded for Mount Mary Vineyard estate wines. From time to time, depending on the vintage, limited quantities will be released of red and white wines under the Réflexion label.
The Cabernet Franc is from a small block we planted in 2008 on rootstock. For for all intents and purposes this was a batch destined for Quintet, as per the norm. We didn't decide to leave it out until blending time, when we felt it didn't stylistically fit with the '17 blend. We loved it as a standalone wine, and looking at it in isolation we thought it would be a great fit for the Réflexion label! - Sam Middleton, Mount Mary
Black jellybean, menthol, hedgerow, blackcurrant and raspberry. Medium-bodied, juicy burst but with black olive and pencil/earth savouries, buoyant, fresh, complex, dusty emery tannin, and a long and briary finish. Such a great drink. Tasted: Apr 19; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $46; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2028; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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