Mount Mary Quintet 2016
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. 2016 saw a very even spread of quality and consistency across all five Quintet varieties. This has resulted in an extremely complex and compelling wine which shows brilliant purity of fruit. On the nose there is the perfect balance of red and dark fruits. Cherries and cranberries along with plums, blackcurrant, violets and cedar all contribute to this wine’s attractive aroma. There is spice and toasty characters contributed by French oak. The palate is filled with rich, perfectly ripe fruit, chocolate, liquorice and backed by grainy, firm tannin adding to the wine’s exceptional length and age-worthiness. This is the fifth consecutive vintage where we have experienced near perfect conditions for these Quintet varieties. The 2016 Quintet is drinking superbly now and will be even more impressive with time. – Sam Middleton, Mount Mary
The Yarra Valley was Victoria’s first wine growing district with a history stretching back 170 years.
The Yarra Valley is now recognised as one of Australia’s foremost cool climate regions, capable of making classic styles from a wide range of varieties. It is known as the birthplace of Victoria’s wine industry.
The regional emphasis on the quality and flavour of wine has spread to the local produce grown in the same fertile soil and expertly tended. Expect fine contemporary fare and ambient dining in some of the most picturesque settings in Victoria. (Wine Australia)
It became very fashionable in 1970’s and 1980’s and plantings increased dramatically. The terra rossa soils and moderate climate of Coonawarra have proven to be well suited for the production of classically structured, age worthy wines. The maritime climate and gravelly soils of Margaret River have also proven to be fantastic for this variety. These two areas have developed the best reputation for Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia but there are many other regions scattered throughout the country producing great wines such as the Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria. Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Barossa are all noteworthy Cabernet producing regions in South Australia.
Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with other varieties. In Margaret River, Merlot is the common partner but in other regions, notably Langhorne Creek and Barossa Shiraz has been the tradition and indeed many of the old guard in the latter region would argue that the Shiraz Cabernet blend is the classic expression of Australian dry red wine. (Wine Australia)