Mount Mary Quintet Cabernets 2010… Is this Australia’s best Cabernet wine? It’s certainly Victoria’s, and rivals Cullen’s Diana Madeline and Moss Wood (both Margaret River) for the best Cabernet in country, all rated on the Exceptional list from Langton’s. This puts them in the top echelon of reds in Australia. We have secured 24 bottles of the 2010 vintage and will be putting them out at $150 per bottle, which is in line with current release.
Note: 2010 was an excellent year in Victoria, and especially in the Yarra Valley. 2010 provided a long, even and mild growing season, which suits the Mt. Mary style of producing wines of medium body with elegance and finesse. It is flanked by two less than impressive vintages, the 2009 which saw heat and the fires of Black Saturday which devastated Victoria; and 2011 where the sun hardly came out.
For those not familiar with Mount Mary Vineyard and winery, it is an intensely focused, multi-generational family winery that was planted in Coldstream by the remarkable John and Marli Middleton in 1971. They released their first wines from the 1976 vintage and to this day production is tiny. They were pioneers of the rebirth of the Yarra Valley, planting varieties and vinifying wines that were more suited to this cool wine region. John and Marli were inspired by visits to Bordeaux and Burgundy, and the wines of restrained power and elegance that the best producers of these regions fashioned. To reference these regions, they planted five Bordeaux red varieties for the Quintet release, and three white Bordeaux varieties for the Triolet release. They also planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to pay homage to the wines Burgundy.
Fast forward to 2019 and the winery is firing. It is run by John and Marli’s son David Middleton, while their grandson Sam Middleton has been the senior winemaker since 2011. In 2018 they were awarded winery of the year in James Halliday's Wine Companion.
The Quintet release has become one of the most revered and collected red wines in Australia. It ages incredibly well, with softness, elegance and depth. It is a true Bordeaux blend, made up of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (15%), Malbec (5%) and Petit Verdot (5%). 2010 provided a long, even and mild growing season, which suits the Mt. Mary style of producing wines of medium body with elegance and finesse. It is a Cabernet of ethereal perfume and flavours of cassis, red fruits, roasted nuts, cigar box, mocha and dry herbs. The palate is long, with an elegant flow and fine, ripe tannin.
We understand that this wine is not in everyone's wheelhouse, though we were excited to source some with considerable age and from a good year and wanted to share it with our members. It is a wine for those that want to collect and appreciate the highest level of Australian wine and want to taste wines that have earned their place in Australian vinous history. If you have any questions on the release or are interested in securing just a couple of bottles, get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate.
For those that wish to read even further about the history and evolution of Mount Mary, there is a great piece by Wine Australia here.
You can drink this now and it will be in the zone through until 2025. Decant off sediment for at least an hour before serving. Serve with homemade beef pie, lamb dishes or hard cheeses.
Tom and Dan