2017 Mount Mary, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

2017 Mount Mary, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

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2017 Mount Mary, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

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Cork stoppered. James Halliday chose this as his Pinot Noir of the Year although this caused terrible problems because production levels were so low in 2017. The life of Dr John Middleton's wife Marli (1926-2012) is celebrated on the back label. Light, fresh with a hint of mushrooms on the nose. Non- exhibitionistic and less obviously sweet than many Australian Pinots. Grainy-textured, pretty, and very embryonic. Drink 2022 – 2032

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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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
James Halliday99/100

Critic reviews

jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Cork stoppered. James Halliday chose this as his Pinot Noir of the Year although this caused terrible problems because production levels were so low in 2017. The life of Dr John Middleton's wife Marli (1926-2012) is celebrated on the back label. Light, fresh with a hint of mushrooms on the nose. Non- exhibitionistic and less obviously sweet than many Australian Pinots. Grainy-textured, pretty, and very embryonic. Drink 2022 – 2032
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (November 2019)
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James Halliday99/100
Vines average age 27yo, hand-picked, bunch-sorted on vibrating tables, open-fermented with cultured yeast, 14 days on skins, matured in French barriques (25-30% new). Glorious colour; the bouquet has the complexity you expect from a 20+yo Burgundy with aromas of field and forest floor. The palate is utterly exceptional, with perfect balance and length. The multitude of flavours swirl and dance - red tree fruits, red cherry foremost, plums close behind, thence to field and forest floor, capturing wild raspberry and strawberry. Sam Middleton thinks this will be one of the all-time greats of Mount Mary, and I'm sure he is right.
James Halliday (March 2019)
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