Spotlight On Mount Mary
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in News
Mount Mary commands an almost mythical status among wine collectors. The property was first purchased by Dr.John and Marli Middleton in 1971, with the original vineyard planted in 1972. It was one of the first vineyards planted in the resurgence of the Yarra Valley as a wine region.
Inspired by the wines and regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, John and Marli set out to find a suitable piece of land to plant a vineyard that could produce premium wine styles.
In 1971 they stumbled upon the property known as Mount Mary in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Although it was not yet planted to vines, the gentle north facing slope appeared ideal for viticulture and the first plantings were completed in 1972. Beginning with the first (commercial) vintage in 1976, Mount Mary established itself as one of Australia's most highly regarded producers.
A maverick and pioneering spirit, Dr. John Middleton always preferred subtlety and elegance in his wines. Even during the 1990’s when the fashion for big, rich high alcohol reds was at its height, he remained steadfast, railing against wines that he saw as ‘undrinkable, soupy, alcoholic concoctions’.
Today Mount Mary remains in family hands. David Middleton, a zoologist and vet is CEO and shares with his late father "a great love of nature and a great disdain for authority and bureaucracy". His son, Sam Middleton is now the winemaker.
Over the last decade, father and son have implemented a series of discreet yet decisive changes in the vineyard and winery, aimed at improving sustainability with the goal of further enhancing the quality of the wines.
Most famous for their red the Langton’s classified ‘Exceptional’ Cabernet blend Quintet, Mount Mary also produces a Bordeaux Blanc blend called Triolet, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. All of the wines are noted for their elegance and highly individual character.