Cabernet Sauvignon (Blends)
750 mL Bottle
Yarra Valley, Vic
The vineyard is planted to Cabernet sauvignon (46%), Merlot (26%), Cabernet franc (18%), 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. The greatest influence we have over the quality of this wine is deciding when to pick each variety. This determines not only the flavours but the quality of tannins, and the acid and alcohol levels. The fermentation regime is similar to that of the Pinot, although slightly longer fermentations are employed (up to 12 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). – Sam Middleton
“A 45/30/15/5/5% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec. Bright crimson; the bouquet swarms with red and black fruits and quality oak; the medium-bodied palate is supremely elegant yet intense, with cassis and redcurrant fruit; of course there is tannin and French oak, but these are largely passive observers."
97 points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
“The late, great Dr John Middleton established Mount Mary vineyard and winery in 1972 and created one of Australia’s greatest wines – Quintet, a Bordeaux blend comprising mostly cabernet sauvignon then various additions of cabernet franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. It’s still a family-run and owned business with Dr John’s grandson, Sam Middleton, charged with the winemaking. And 2012 represents his first true vintage at Mount Mary. Not a bad debut. It’s a dark garnet hue and alluring, but more so the intoxicating perfume of cassis, currants, dark plums, cedary oak and warm spice – a promise of things to come on the palate. It’s fuller-bodied, but not weighty as it’s a poised and finely structured wine. The tannins are beautiful, ripe and elegant with refreshing acidity, turning this into a refined and detailed wine. Quintet is very much the mighty sum of its parts. Stunning. And I’m sure Dr John would approve. Some lightly-grilled lamb cutlets with a beetroot relish, a baked spud with sour cream and steamed broccoli would be one ideal meal for this exquisite wine."
97 points Jane Faulkner, Taste In Music
“Essence of blackcurrant. Bay leaves, licorice, tobacco and musky oak. One of those wines that seems to cascade through the mouth. Tremendous purity, freshness, elegance. Great release. Not much need be said. Pure velvet. Pure length."
96 points Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“Bright ruby. Potent blackcurrant, cherry pit, pipe tobacco and incense aromas are lifted by lavender note. Stains the palate with bitter cherry and dark berry liqueur flavors that are braced by zesty acidity and a kick of black pepper. This seamless, focused blend finishes with powerful thrust, smooth slow-mounting tannins and a whiplash of sweet dark fruit. A baby for sure, but this wine's assertive fruit and well-knit tannins make it surprisingly approachable now with some air."
94 points Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Mount Mary Quintet 2011
"The hue is bright, although not deep - indeed crystal clear; the scented, perfumed red berry bouquet leads into a juicy palate with no green notes, just a touch of mint; it is long and evenly balanced, and will provide much pleasure over the next five or so years, thereafter is in the lap of the gods."
94 Points James Halliday Wine Companion
Mount Mary Quintet 2010
"Quintet is unique among cabernet blends for its effortless, harmonious, silky, graceful approachability, making for enticing appeal and inherent longevity. Deep black fruit character meets medium-bodied restraint."
96 Points Tyson Stezler
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