The expressive and ethereal Mount Mary Quintet is recognised as one of Australia’s greatest cabernet styles. With its distinctive character and evocative scent of place, it is a profound hallmark of Yarra Valley terroir and three generations of family effort.
Established in 1972, the low-yielding, dry-grown 17-hectare vineyard is located on sandy clay loams over degenerating Silurian shales. The north-facing vineyard is planted with cabernet sauvignon (50%), merlot (25%), cabernet franc (15%), malbec (5%) and petit verdot (5%). Seasonality, fruitfulness of the vines and the personality of the fruit in each vintage determine the final outcome of the blend.
Mount Mary’s Quintet style has evolved over the decades reflecting the age of the vines, the transparency of the vineyard site and refinements in winemaking techniques. Yet this medium bodied wine of understated power still references the ambitions and philosophies of Dr John Middleton, who revolutionised the fine wine scene during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Temperature controlled vinification, including 12–14 days on skins to optimise aromas, colour, tannin and flavour, is followed by 22 months of maturation in various types of oak barrels; around 25% in large format (1500L or larger), 30% in new barriques and the remainder in two to five-year-old barriques.
Counterintuitive and alternative, Mount Mary pioneered a new genre of cabernet where pristine fruit, fine-grained tannins, silky texture and empathetic oak maturation resulted in poise, elegance and flow. These elements, superb definition and proven ageing potential exemplify the individuality of vineyard site. With a reputation for longevity, expect the development of earthy, roasted chestnut and mocha characters.
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1992,
1991, 1990, 1988, 1986, 1984, 1982, 1981, 1979. Not made in 2007 or 2009.