Best Ever Mount Mary Release

by Hugh French | Oct 27, 2020


2018 Mount Mary
“Just when you think the Mount Mary wines can't get any better (at the point of release), they do.
James Halliday, Wine Companion.



2018 was a special year in the Yarra Valley and iconic producer Mount Mary certainly cashed in with another stunning suite of wines. Sam Middleton (grand son of founder Dr John Middleton) took the reigns in 2011 and the wines have continued to shine. From the long-lived Bordeaux blend Quintet, to the super perfumed expressive Pinot to the complex and beguiling whites Chardonnay and Triolet. Mount Mary are clearly one of the greatest producers in the country, the fantastic scores from James Halliday are testament to that! In fact, 99 points is the highest score will give to a table wine.

The start of the 2018 growing season in the Yarra Valley saw particularly high rainfall in November and December (2017). Having successfully navigated our way through a period of excessively high disease pressure in the vineyard we were optimistic about the rest of the season with such fantastic water content in our soils. What we weren’t to know was the rain we received around Christmas time would be our last major rain event for over three months! Coupled with this extremely dry and warm three months were bigger than average crops, resulting in a very busy green harvest period. In some of the heavier blocks we dropped up to 50% of the fruit on the ground. This is a critical process in such a year to return balance to the vines and ensure we produce the highest quality of wine we possibly can.
Sam Middleton

All wines below are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order simply click on the links below or return the attached form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or callus on 03 9419 6990.




2018 Mount Mary Quintet
Usually $165 - Special Offer $148

44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Our passion and commitment toward the Bordeaux family of grapes and their suitability to the Yarra Valley remains as strong as ever. The drier half of the 2018 growing season was so perfectly suited to the Quintet varieties. We feel in time the 2018 will be considered in the top echelon of all Quintets produced since the inaugural commercial release in 1976. It has a strikingly deep, vibrant hue when poured into the glass and such an energy that runs through both the aromatics and the palate. The nose shows all the hallmark characteristics of our Quintet blend from the great vintages; cassis, cherry, chocolate and a hint of varietal Yarra Cabernet leafiness are all present in the aroma profile. The palate is medium weight but with such intensity and concentration. There is a real complexity of fruit flavours interwoven with balanced oak and coupled with that quintessential Quintet structure (soft but grainy, persistent tannin).
Sam Middleton

Stands proudly at the head of the Mount Mary portfolio. A blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 5% each of Malbec and Petit Verdot, each variety handled according to its structure. Open/static fermenters, wood/stainless steel, 10-14 days on skins, 35% new oak from a range of coopers and forests, 16-20 months in barrel. Mesmerisingly silky, with a kaleidoscope of fruit and secondary flavours.
99points - James Halliday, Wine Companion


2018 Mount Mary Pinot Noir
Usually $165 - Special Offer $148

Mount Mary Pinot Noir has always walked a fine line between bright, fresh primary fruit and darker, earthy secondary complexities. The fruit grown in our vineyard naturally lends itself so well to this style. We choose to work with these characteristics in the winery rather than push the wines in another direction. We have made this style of Pinot Noir for 40 years now. Any changes in winemaking follow the pursuit of perfecting and improving within this style. This wine speaks volumes about what it is we are striving to achieve in the context of Pinot Noir. The nose opens with hints of strawberry, blackcurrant, quince, spice and some toasty oak flavours. There are many layers to the palate which shows a certain density/viscosity which we have watched build in bottle over the past 12 months. The palate is packed with flavours of strawberry, cherry and rhubarb along with earthy, spicy complexities. Through all this is an interwoven soft tannic structure giving the wine grip, length and longevity.
Sam Middleton

Bunch-sorted on vibrating tables, Oscillys-destemmed whole berries, 10-14 days on skins, matured 14-18 months in oak (25% new). Not a hair out of place, all the boxes with big ticks. A perfumed bouquet with rose petals and tantalising hints of forest, the vibrantly fresh palate with a diamondclear stream of red fruits and spices. The length is awesome
98Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion


2018 Mount Mary Triolet
Usually $95 - Special Offer $85

68% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Semillon and 8% Muscadelle. The Triolet varieties just seem to thrive in the warmer Yarra vintages. This is a Triolet for the ages that we cannot wait to revisit two decades from now. The 2018 Triolet opens with some customary reduction but quickly dissipates to reveal an extremely aromatic and complex nose. Fresh lime and other citrus notes dominate along with white grapefruit and floral nuances largely contributed by the Muscadelle, which seems to be particularly prominent in this young Triolet. There is a burst of flavour on the palate, again lime with pear, green apple, and lemongrass all play a part in the flavour profile along with a slight hint of oak (no new barrels, just some second fills). The acid is firm and focused along with the phenolics giving the wine great length and drive.
Sam Middleton

It’s a charming, ripe and glossy vintage of Triolet, so smooth and flavoursome, but still has grip and juicy acidity. Lime and lemon curd, some spice and lemongrass, crunch of green apple acidity, a subtle hay/grassy element in there too. Finish is long, floral/vanilla scented, and silky, with a cinch of quinine-like bitterness adding refreshment. White Bordeaux blends don’t come much better than this.
96 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front


2018 Mount Mary Chardonnay
Usually $119 - Special Offer $105

Often in warmer, drier seasons we tend to pick the Chardonnay earlier than we perhaps otherwise would to control the effects of a dry and warm growing season (so important in the preservation of natural acid). During ripening under such conditions, flavours develop quicker and acids degrade faster. The 2018 Chardonnay has managed to keep its all-important natural acid line, remaining fresh and focused but also full flavoured from the warmer growing season conditions. The nose shows an array of complexities opening with toasty oak characters along with a smattering of flint/struck match. But swiftly pushing these secondary characteristics to the side is intense primary fruit of lime, seared pear and grapefruit. There are some honey and crème brûlée aromas also present here. As is the case with the Triolet, it is an explosion of flavour on the palate. There are flavours of honey, ripe pear, grapefruit, toast and almond meal. There is a depth and richness to this wine that is held firmly in check by the strict acid line that runs through the core, adding freshness and length
Sam Middleton

Multiple clones, hand-picked, crushed and destemmed, fermented French oak (30% new), matured for 11 months. Pale straw-green; extremely focused and wrapped in a skein of citrussy acidity, the palate of extreme length, its future guaranteed by its screwcap. Just when you think the Mount Mary wines can't get any better (at the point of release), they do.
98 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion




These wines are available now at our special offer prices for the next 7 days only. To place your order simply click on the links above or return the attached form, by email, by fax on 03 9419 6970 or call us on 03 9419 6990.





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