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2013 Mount Mary Quintet 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

"The vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (46%), Merlot (26%), Cabernet Franc (18%), 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, and the acid and alcohol levels. The fermentation regime is similar to that of the Pinot, although slightly longer fermentations are employed (up to 12 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)."
– Sam Middleton

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2013 Mount Mary Quintet Cabernet Blend

Expert Reviews

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
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
There is an effortless, harmonious, silky, graceful approachability to Quintet that makes it enticingly appealing and instantly recognisable. This is cabernet sauvignon (almost half) and friends (one third merlot, a good dose of cabernet franc and a dash of petit verdot and malbec) of perfectly ripe, deep black fruit character, yet utterly restrained at a refreshingly medium-bodied 12.7% alcohol. Blackberries, blackcurrants and dried flowers are all recognisable from the outset, before a slowly rising intensity of refined violet and rose petal perfume emerges. Fruit definition is encased in an unashamedly elegant shell, with acid and tannin seamlessly integrated; at once tart and refreshing, finely structured and textural, approachable and long-lived.
2013 - 2025
Wine Taste Special Edition 84
96
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A fine Quintet and a long-term classic. Its deep, alluring perfume of violets, cassis, raspberries and mulberries is augmented by fresh, fine-grained cedar/vanilla oak and undertones of dried herbs. Remarkably long, supple and fine-grained, its seamless palate of vibrant small berry flavour and restrained, tight-knit oak is framed by a mouthwatering backbone of fine, crunchy tannins, building richness and density of flavour towards the finish. Beautifully measured and composed, it should build depth and structure as it ages.
2030-2040
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
96
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Fine fruit aromas with subtlety and restraint: red and black fruit and a floral notes showing summer pudding, mulberry, raspberry, black berry, blue berry. The palates tannins are soft on entry and coupled with the fruit sweetness mark an impressive start, excellent drive and energy with lovely texture, refined tannins and excellent length. Classic restrained moderate alcohol, fresh flavoured fine tannin medium bodied style.
2035
Rob Geddes MW
96
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A terrific wine of superb balance and focus. Its smoky bouquet of small dark berries and plums overlies nuances of mushrooms, minerals and restrained cedary oak. Supremely long, elegant and fine-grained, it still presents remarkable depth and richness of dark cheiry, plum and berry flavour underpinned by fine crunchy tannins, nuances of dried herbs and suggestions of briar and undergrowth. It finishes with exceptional length and tight-knit acidity.
2018-2026+
Australian Wine Annual 2010
97
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Supremely graceful and fine in typical Mount Mary style; the long and silky palate has a tapestry of red and black fruit flavours, the finish long and satisfying, the aftertaste lingering for minutes.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Supremely elegant, stylish and focused, this aristocratic red has a heady, floral perfume of dark cherries, plums, cassis and blackberries backed by scents of violets and dried herbs, dark chocolate/vanilla oak and suggestions of mocha. Sumptuously flavoured but silky-smooth, it's dark-fruited, dusty and savoury, with an intensity that builds steadily towards its palate-staining finish. Backed by crunchy, beautifully ripened tannins, it flaunts its considerable influence from merlot.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
96
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Excellent hue though not particularly deep; a classic, understated Mount Mary style, beautiful fruit/oak/tannin balance; cassis and blackcurrant dominate, then silky tannins on a very long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Petit Verdot.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A top-drawer Mount Mary red that would appear to contain significantly more merlot than its mere eleven percent. Its deep, dark and briary aromas of violets, cassis, blackberries, dark plums and plain chocolate reveal undertones of dried herbs and bramble. Beautifully controlled and contained, its silky and elegant palate conceals its ample power and strength beneath an exterior of spotlessly fresh, pure blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit, camera-shy oak and tannin so delicate and fine that its genuine impact could easily be ignored. Evenly ripened, it also reveals classic nuances of dried herbs.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
97
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Dusty aromas of fresh, dark cherries, blackberries and cassis are backed by tightly knit cedar/chocolate oak, with violet-like and tobaccoey undertones. Smooth and silky, the palate is round and juicy, delivering a sumptuous expression of vibrant dark cherry and small berry fruit handsomely supported by fine-grained oak and the finest of tannins. It's polished and harmoniously balanced, and should develop impressive complexity with bottle-age.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
96

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