2016 Mount Mary Quintet

Yarra Valley, Victoria


Winemaker: Sam Middleton
Vineyard/Year: Mount Mary / 2016

One of the great small wineries of Australia. The Quintet blend commands mythical status among collectors globally.

The Mount Mary 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. 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.

Tasting notes

The 2015 Quintet aromas reflect exactly what the Cabernet varieties should from a cool climate region in the very best vintages.

Although slightly lower in Cabernet Sauvignon percentage than both the 2013 and 2014 wines, there is still a distinctive, perfectly ripe Cabernet element to the aroma.

The flavour profile of this wine is perhaps showing slightly darker fruits than what is typically seen in the Quintet blend on release. Cassis, spice, blackberries and liquorice are all easily detectable along with the more customary aromas of cherries and earth often seen in this blend. The palate is vibrant and concentrated, showing an impressive balance and togetherness already. There’s a densely-packed grip of tannin suggesting this wine will age gracefully in the cellar for many years to come.

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