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2013 Mount Mary Chardonnay

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    RRP $95.99 per bottle

    Our Price $89.99

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    $1,079.88 (12 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    Mount Mary is a shining beacon on the Aussie winescape. It has been revered for years, and this Chardy is testament to the the high esteem this winery is held in. There's plenty of white peach and grapefruit on the nose, together with hints of nuttiness and 'struck match' funk. The palate is medium-bodied, bright and fruity, with flavours of cream, citrus & stone fruits, a talcy texture, and a long, lingering, savoury-edged finish. A truly iconic Chardonnay.

    expert reviews

    James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
    Has the power and intensity that positively ancient vines (in Yarra Valley terms) and a sacred site makes almost inevitable, the vintage also chipping in. The special quality of Yarra Valley Chardonnay is length, on display here in all its glory, the fruit flavours precisely aligned between citrus and stone fruit, the oak ex barrel fermentation and maturation now part of the fabric of the wine.
    Drink by 2025
    97
    Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
    Mount Mary Chardonnay in all its glory. Incredible concentration. Feel the power. It’s really quite exquisite. Glowing straw colour with a vibrant and clear tinge of green. Rich grapefruit, oatmeal and stone fruit before a steely, chalky finish. Substance and style. Spicy oak turns it all onto high beam. About as wonderful an expression of old vine Yarra Valley Chardonnay as you could imagine.
    2016 - 2024+
    96
    Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
    Full yellow colour; the bouquet is very fresh, primary and grapey, with some wet-hay nuances. The palate is clean and fresh, dry and savoury, with some minerally touches. There's a touch of juiciness and very good depth of flavour, albeit not highly detailed at this stage. It has length and some richness, and will no doubt build more complexity of character as it ages. It's a lovely wine already, though.
    2016 - 2025
    93
    James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
    Pale, brilliant quartz-green; the bouquet and palate reveal a wine of ultimate refinement, with laser-like clarity and precision of its flavours; while barrel-fermented, it is the fruit that drives the very long palate; the flavours span white- fleshed stone fruits, a touch of cashew, finishing with grapefruity acidity. 13.5% alcohol. Drink to 2022.
    96
    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
    Gleaming yellow-green; white peach, melon and a touch of fig coalesce with subtle barrel ferment oak on the long and harmonious palate.
    Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
    96
    Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
    Very classsy, superbly balanced and complete, with a complex bouquet of white peach, nectarine and grapefruit underpinned by nougat-like, creamy, leesy undertones and a hint of smoked bacon. Long and elegant, its brightly flavoured presence of citrusy fruit has an appealing plumpness and oak sweetness tightly reined in by trim, nervy acids. Supported by a fine mineral chalkiness, it extends long and focused towards a finely crafted and savoury finish with a lingering briny aspect.
    2019-2023
    The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
    96
    Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
    The 2010 vintage shone on one of the Yarra Valley’s most revered vineyards, nurturing a chardonnay of profound and generous complexity. Struck flint and lees funk form a seamless veil over a core of concentrated white peach and grapefruit pith. A deep, mouthfilling, textural structure carries with relentless persistence, confidently pulling the finish in honed and linear.
    2014 - 2020
    Wine Taste Special Edition 84
    95
    Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
    A very floral chardonnay with fresh-cut hay, honeysuckle, beeswax, wild flowers and gently creamy peach aromas too; delicate and distinctive wine. The palate s slightly mealy, with plenty of honeyed peach and pear fruit flavour, and a little baking spice as it builds; lovely softness, persistence and shape.
    2015
    Good Wine Guide
    93
    Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
    Very restrained, reserved and distinctively individual, this beautifully textured chardonnay has a dusty, cinnamon-like scent of white peach, nectarine, grapefruit and ginger deftly integrated with creamy, vanilla oak. Long and seamless, with a creamy, nougat-like presence of bright citrus and melon flavour tightly knit with matchstick oak and underpinned by a fine chalkiness, it's supple and savoury, finishing with a lingering core of fruit, a fresh, focused acidity and a lick of wet slate.
    2018-2022+
    The Australian Wine Annual 2013
    95
    Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
    Not upfront fruity but a textural 'egoless' winemaking fruit style. The complete fine wine contradiction power with delicacy intensity and length without heaviness a lot of flavour without a lot of body.
    2019
    Rob Geddes MW
    94
    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
    Bright green-quartz; there isn't a hair out of place, yet this in some ways a challenging wine with its grapefruit zest/grapefruit juice/white pach flavours anchored on its minerally acidity, oak merely a vechile.
    To 2017
    Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
    95
    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
    Wonderful green hue, but deeper than usual for Mount Mary; everything you would expect from this producer, subtle power, great balance and great length; white peach with a touch of creamy cashew to the fruit, then savoury minerality adding complexity. A complete wine.
    Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
    97
    Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
    Very reserved and stylish, this finely crafted chardonnay takes a long time to reveal the full extent of its depth and flavour, a not uncommon feature of wines sealed by Diam. Fractionally forward and quite floral, its very ripe bouquet of white peach, pear, nectarine, cinnamon and dusty vanilla oak reveals nutty, nougat and clove-like undertones plus a hint of wheatmeal. Supple and silky, its bright, but measured depth of stonefruit flavour gradually extends all along the palate, finishing with brightness and smoothness.
    The Australian Wine Annual 2012
    94
    Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
    Not upfront fruity but a textural 'egoless' winemaking fruit style. The complete fine wine contradiction power with delicacy intensity and length without heaviness a lot of flavour without a lot of body.
    Rob Geddes MW
    90
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    Bright green-yellow; absolutely in the mainstream of Mount Mary style, the French oak seamlessly moulded with the melon and nectarine fruit that flows through to the finish and aftertaste.
    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    94
    Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
    Not upfront fruity but a textural, ‘egoless’ winemaking fruit style. The complete fine wine contradiction, power with delicacy, intensity and length without heaviness, a lot of flavour without a lot of body.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    93
    James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
    A complex bouquet, with some barrel ferment oak inputs leading the way; the palate is tightly focused, pure and very long, the accent entirely on the stone fruit and citrus fruit; lean and lissom.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    95
    Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
    Elegant, supple and shapely, with fresh flavours of white peach, melon and citrus backed by nutty, creamy and vanilla-like undertones, it's long, taut and vibrant, with a refreshing finish of tightly integrated and lightly mineral acids. There's a hint of toast and butter beneath its bouquet, while beneath its juicy palate lies a fine chalkiness. It becomes more powdery and austere, with lingering fruit and faint cashew-like undertones. A keeper.
    Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
    96
    Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
    Not upfront fruity but a textural, 'egoless' winemaking fruit style. The complete fine wine contradiction, power with delicacy, intensity and length without heaviness, a lot of flavour without a lot of body.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
    91
    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
    A lovely wine, combining delicacy and power; fruit and oak are perfectly balanced and integrated; typical Yarra Valley melon, stone fruit and a touch of citrus, great length.
    Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
    96
    Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
    A beautifully composed, complete and finely crafted chardonnay that simply needs time to flesh out and deliver on its considerable early promise. A floral, nutty perfume of peach, melon, grapefruit and guava reveals undertones of wheatmeal, vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. Silky, long and supple, its tightly crafted marriage of lingering stonefruit, grapefruit and melon-like flavour and restrained oak culminates in a taut and persistent finish of refreshing acidity.
    Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
    95
    Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
    Not upfront fruity but a textural, ‘egoless’ winemaking fruit style. The complete fine wine contradiction, power with delicacy, intensity and length without heaviness, a lot of flavour without a lot of body.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    93
    James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
    Very good green-yellow; ultimate elegance and refinement; a seamless marriage of nectarine and melon fruit with perfect oak balance and integration; long, clean finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    96
    Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
    A superbly composed, sumptuous and seamless chardonnay that marries perfectly focused white peach, nectarine and grapefruit flavours with a nutty creaminess and tight, flinty acids. Piercingly intense fruit is carefully backed by restrained butter/vanilla oak, and the long, silky and harmonious palate finishes clean and savoury, with nutty complexity.
    Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
    97
    Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
    Not upfront fruity but a textural, ‘egoless’ winemaking fruit style. The complete fine wine contradiction, power with delicacy, intensity and length without heaviness, a lot of flavour without a lot of body.
    Australian Wine Vintages 2010
    91
    Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
    Wonderfully balanced, smooth and composed chardonnay of seamless length and exceptional concentration. Its youthful aromas of tropical fruits, melon and white peach reveal underlying notes of chalk and minerals, with reserved oak influences and suggestions of cashew. Its long, sumptuous babyfat-like palate of sweet melon and tangy tangerine flavours culminates in a tight and harmonious finish with lingering mealy and nutmeg-like subtleties.
    Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
    96

    winemaker's notes

    "We aim to make a Chardonnay with great length, which reaches a balance between richness and elegance. While some techniques are borrowed from the Burgundians, there are some departures from traditional practice in response to local factors, which ensure a unique wine. The most notable of these is that our Chardonnay does not undergo malolactic fermentation, as our local climate leaves the fruit with ideal acidity when it is picked. Our Chardonnay is matured in 30% new French oak barriques with the remainder in older barrels and large casks (1500L). The entire production is barrel fermented. Grape solids are included to give the wine texture, and lees stirring is conducted to add complexity and body. The Chardonnay is matured in barrel for 11 months prior to bottling."
    – Winemaker Sam Middleton