The Pinot noir vines were sourced from Western Victoria in 1971. This material was acquired before individual clonal selections were considered, and as such, our older Pinot blocks are a mix of many clones. A visiting French ampelographer (vine expert) once told John Middleton that there were in the order of 30+ clones in our original Pinot block. Subsequent plantings of Pinot on this site have been selections from the original block, and the clonal selection has been somewhat refined. There are also some newer blocks of Pinot planted (as of 2008) to American rootstocks and are of specific clonal material, namely MV6 and 777. In the winery the emphasis is on simplicity. By today’s standards, relatively short fermentations are employed, typically 8-10 days, with no cold soaks or post fermentation maceration. This is followed by 16 months of barrel maturation consisting of 25% new oak barriques. Minimal, if any, filtration is carried out prior to bottling. - Sam Middleton
“Bright, clear crimson-purple; reflects the special qualities of the site, the age of the vines (40-plus years) and the great vintage; the flowery, red-berried bouquet leads into an exquisitely flavoured and structured palate. A great pinot noir. 13.1% alc; Diam.
97 points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
“Vivid red. Sexy, Asian spice-accented raspberry and cherry scents are complemented by deeper notes of licorice, black tea, rose and musky underbrush. On the palate, sweet red and dark berry flavors are complicated by vanilla, spicecake and bitter chocolate, with a smoky nuance gaining strength with aeration. Picks up energy and minerality on the finish, leaving behind intense black raspberry and floral pastille notes. This suave pinot benefits significantly from being open a while."
93 points Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
“Spicy, red cherry, subtle meaty character with a rub of sweet dried herbs. Light, tangy, very fresh with kitten tongue tannin, slighly sappy/sour tomato acidity, and small amount of vanilla oak in support. Certainly not over-ripe here, and as per usual, a wine that needs some cellaring to allow it to unfurl and show its best."
93+ points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Mount Mary Pinot Noir 2011
"The 2011 Pinot shows aromas of strawberries, rhubarb and cherries. There are some oak characteristics present here adding some toasty complexities. The flavour profile is dominated by red fruits namely cranberries, plums and cherries. Behind the red fruits sits a savoury element that will become more pronounced with time. The palate is delicate and creamy although suitably persistent with good length and tannic grip. Mount Mary Pinots will always build palate intensity with time in bottle." Winemaker's Note
"Very light colour; the perfumed red berry, rose petal and spice bouquet is followed by a light-bodied, elegant, palate; no miracle here, just an honest reflection of the vintage. That said, it may surprise with its tenacity."
92 Points James Halliday Wine Companion
Mount Mary Pinot Noir 2010
"2010 was greeted with much excitement at Mount Mary, the first full release since 2006, and heralded as one of the great vintages. This was also the first with Sam Middleton heading the winemaking team. Three years later, the results in bottle certainly support the hype. There is an elegant refinement at play in the pinot noir, with aromas of subtle rose petal scent, distinguished red cherries and gorgeous strawberries. An understated savoury appeal of bramble-like complexity in no way detracts from its pristine definition and breathtaking persistence, trailing into a finish of firm, silky tannins and great promise."
95 Points Tyson Stezler
"Sourced from a single smaller vineyard and delivered in a fresh and approachable style, this has a really impressive brambly cherry and bracken nose _ nice and fresh and strong pinot-like appeal. The palate s lithe, even and all well integrated, showing fine, smooth tannins and a hint of mocha through the juicy finish."
94 Points Nick Stock