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2010 Mount Mary Quintet Yarra Valley Cabernet Blend

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The Quintet from Mount Mary has always been an icon wine since its first release several decades ago, and this release is a particularly elegant number. Red berries and a touch of mint and earthy savouriness waft out of the glass, whilst the palate is medium-bodied, long and slinky, with a solid line of fine tannins, bright acidity and a lingering finish with just a sprinkle of dried herbs in the tail. Cellar or decant and enjoy tonight.

Winemaker's Notes

Our vineyard is planted to Cabernet sauvignon (50%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet franc (15%), Malbec (5%) and Petit verdot (5%). The percentage of each variety that goes into the final blend changes with the season as factors such as fruitfulness and fruit set vary. The greatest influence we have over the quality of this wine is deciding when to pick each variety. This determines not only the flavours but the quality of tannins, the acid and alcohol levels. These varieties ferment on skins for around 12-14 days. This is followed by 22 months of barrel maturation, with 25% of the blend in large format oak (1500L or larger), and 30% in new barriques (225L). The remaining wine is matured in 2-5 year old barriques. Minimal fining and filtration is carried out prior to bottling.

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2010 Mount Mary Quintet Yarra Valley Cabernet Blend

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Mike Bennie (2010 Vintage) says
Mount Mary are proper pleased with this release. Sam Middleton, he who now heads the wine team at Mount Mary, said to me at a trade tasting that ‘we’re really pleased with the 2010, things feel right with this wine, a great season for us too. Could become one of our best’. This is a blend of 47% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 14% cabernet franc, 5% petit verdot, 4% malbec. Whoowee, dig this perfume. Really complex aroma spectrum – immediately engaging too. Cassis, dark fruits, touch of briar herbal lift, flash of mint, chocolatey and stubbed out cigar embers. At once cool and rich. Slender ribbons of fruit, acid and fine bony tannin across the palate. Has that succulent but strict feel, like sucking on a hard lolly as it diminishes. Beautiful, medium-bodied feel too – the wine finishes long and pure, eddying with the linger of tannin and powdered slate-like minerality. It’s in that zone of refreshment and elegance, where a repeat visit to the glass is effortless but there’s lots to explore in texture and flavour. Could be a contender for best cabernet (and cabernet blend) for me for the year (2012 releases).
95
Gary Walsh (2014 Vintage) says
Sam Middleton was thoughtful enough to send the 2012 and 2013, alongside this soon to be released 2014. Now, I’ve tasted the first two before, though it’s a wonderful thing to taste all three at once. The first thing that strikes me, is that quite apart from the vagaries of vintage, the three wines in themselves are quite similar. And to distill this down to a simple message, it’s this: the site talks louder than the vintage. The 2012 is perhaps the most svelte and refined (though it opens a little smoky and reductive) with an enticing almost sweet liquorice/truffle top note, over red and black fruits, with a spicy herbal edge. Fine acidity and length its hallmarks. It’s the Fred Astaire of the trio. The 2013 shows an earthier, perhaps more mineral quality, with blackcurrant and blackberry, a more chunky tannin driven structure, and a long earthy finish. More your James Brown, to draw the tenuous bow of analogy once more. And as for the 2014? Perfumed and pretty with almost succulent small black and red berries, a little vanilla and violet, cedar, tobacco and pencil cases. Medium bodied, delicious boysenberry/blackcurrant flavour, cool minerally acidity, mouth-filling but ultra fine gravelly tannin, that superb Cabernet perfume again, and extreme length closing with an array of red and black berries and refreshingly pure rain-washed acidity. What a wine. As a frame of reference, perhaps Ginger Rogers – can do anything Fred can do, but backwards while wearing heels – and a fraction better it is than either 2012 or 2013, I’d suggest.
96
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Bright, clear colour; the fruit-filled, fragrant bouquet is followed by a classic Mount Mary palate: medium-bodied, and with a certain transparency akin to an orchestra with different instruments, the very essence thereof; near the flute are red fruits, the violin the black fruits, the bassoon tannins - all very different, but all in harmony, the sum of the parts greater than the whole.
Drink by 2035
96
Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
Yarra Valley Cabernet blend. Masterfully done. Mount Mary Quintet doesn’t muck around here. It’s a classic style, take it or leave it. It’s architectural, sparse, built on the finest of bones, enduring. It shows notes of pencils and berries, tobacco and leafy herbs, but it’s the acid and the tannin, the slow inevitability of it. Come back in ten years.
2015 - 2035
95
Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
Deep, bright purple/red colour, youthful and vibrant. The bouquet is subtle and shy, with some violet and blue fruit nuances. The palate is fresh and bright with lively acidity and a tightness, firmness of backbone and superb line. A very elegant, compact wine that has great cellaring potential.
2018 - 2038
95
James Suckling (2013 Vintage) says
A superb example of old vines driving a classy brand of power and elegance. This has blueberries, cassis and redder berry fruits in abundance on the nose and palate, and it's all fused with modern, spicy and savoury oak influence. The textural impression is plush, really silky and beautifully balanced. Approachable now, but the best drinking window should come in 2020.
95
Jeremy Oliver (2013 Vintage) says
Exceptionally well balanced and classically stylish, with a deeply layered, alluring and violet-like bouquet of small black and red berries, sweet cedar/chocolate oak backed by dusty herbal notes and a scent of red flowers. It’s medium to full-bodied, long and finely crafted, with a luscious core of dark berries, plums and fine-grained cedary oak artfully would around a fine, powdery backbone and extending seamlessly towards a finish of pristine flavour and persistence.
2033 - 2043+
97

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