2017 Mount Mary, Triolet, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

2017 Mount Mary, Triolet, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

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2017 Mount Mary, Triolet, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Description

Screwcap (which really does seem to have preserved the fruit well). Dr John Middleton's favoured blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon with a little Muscadelle that seems to have admirable ageing capacity. Pungent, slightly reductive nose. Well-integrated fruit that is not dominated by Sauvignon. A particularly distinctive wine that has nothing in common with Margaret River Sem-Savs. Rounder and more perfumed.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (November 2019)

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Mount Mary Vineyard

Mount Mary Vineyard

Mount Mary has an exalted reputation in the wine world and has accrued a somewhat cult following. Established in the Yarra Valley in 1971, with an annual production of around 3,000 cases, it continues the legacy of its founding father, winemaker Dr John Middleton -who died aged 82 on 27 June 2006- to produce superbly refined, powerful Cabernets and elegant, long-lived Pinot Noirs. The Triolet blend and Chardonnay are two superb offerings from the white stable. It's just a pity so little is made!

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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

An important white grape in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley that has now found fame in New Zealand and now Chile. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux and is blended with Sémillon to produce fresh, dry, crisp  Bordeaux Blancs, as well as more prestigious Cru Classé White Graves.

It is also blended with Sémillon, though in lower proportions, to produce the great sweet wines of Sauternes. It performs well in the Loire Valley and particularly on the well-drained chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where it produces bone dry, highly aromatic, racy wines, with grassy and sometimes smoky, gunflint-like nuances.

In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today many producers are rivalling Cloudy Bay in terms of quality and Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand`s trademark grape.

It is now grown very successfully in Chile producing wines that are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character. After several false starts, many South African producers are now producing very good quality, rounded fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs.

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Reviews

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jancisrobinson.com17/20
James Halliday96/100

Critic reviews

jancisrobinson.com17/20
Screwcap (which really does seem to have preserved the fruit well). Dr John Middleton's favoured blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon with a little Muscadelle that seems to have admirable ageing capacity. Pungent, slightly reductive nose. Well-integrated fruit that is not dominated by Sauvignon. A particularly distinctive wine that has nothing in common with Margaret River Sem-Savs. Rounder and more perfumed.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (November 2019)
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James Halliday96/100
65% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon, 10% Muscadelle. Hand-picked, barrel-fermented with a range of different cultured yeasts, 11 months in oak (5% new), some large format. The spine of acidity is a feature certain to hold the wine safe in bottle for 10+ years.
James Halliday (March 2019)
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