Along with Yarra Yering & Yeringberg, Mount Mary is one of the pioneers of the Yarra Valley Renaissance. Their wines have a degree of sophistication, grace, complexity and depth of flavour that is always enticing!
Mount Mary is a landmark estate not just of the Yarra Valley but of Australian wine history. In 1971 Dr John Middleton homed in on a site that could grow great wine, and identified a style that suited that site – and that people loved to drink, collect and share.
Before turning to winemaking he practised medicine and worked on occasion with my Dad. In the early days, his wines were perhaps less enticing than they are today. It didn’t take long for him to turn things around, and, for decades now Mount Mary has been producing benchmark Australian and world wine.
The Middleton family has steadfastly stuck to its regiment of individuality and unimpeachable quality through decades of purposeful, visionary hard work. It’s not right to say the reputation has endured; it has advanced.
This isn’t an estate of the past – it’s one of the here and now, and of the future. The ongoing work they are investing in developing their vineyards, discovering new clonal and rootstock combinations to combat phylloxera is at the forefront of efforts in the Yarra Valley.
The 2017 Vintage
2017 was a cracking season for the Valley. A long ripening season with rainfalls at just the right time allowed the vines to produce grapes with both great balance, great line and length of flavour and sophisticated layered tannins. We’re stocked with our yet to be released 2017 Wine Decoded Shiraz.
“The 2017 growing season saw perfect rainfall accompanied by warm days and cool nights leading into a long Indian summer. This particular set of weather conditions was exactly what inspired John to establish Mount Mary in the Yarra Valley, back in 1971 and more akin to what we experienced through the 90s than to more recent trends. The mild, long and drawn-out growing season enabled flavours to develop slowly and reach full ripeness while grapes maintained exceptional acid balance, vibrancy and freshness. 2017 is the perfect example to describe just how special and unique the Yarra Valley can be as a premium cool-climate wine producing region. The season has delivered wines of exceptional energy, elegance and purity of fruit.” – Sam Middleton
Where in the World is Mount Mary?
Mount Mary is in the Yarra Valley to the north east of Melbourne. Check out our article in the Wine Bites Mag “Getting Your Head Around the Yarra Valley” for a history of the Yarra Valley and how the wines of the region have evolved.
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