'All about subtlety and finesse; while medium-bodied, has deceptive intensity and length, the five varieties seamlessly moulded into a mix of black and red fruits, fine tannins and a gently savoury finish. Oak? Yes, it's there, but you don't notice it. Drink to 2021.' 94 points - James Halliday, Wine Companion.
'A terrific wine of superb balance and focus. Its smoky bouquet of small dark berries and plums overlies nuances of mushrooms, minerals and restrained cedary oak. Supremely long, elegant and fine-grained, it still presents remarkable depth and richness of dark cherry, plum and berry flavour underpinned by fine crunchy tannins, nuances of dried herbs and suggestions of briar and undergrowth. It finishes with exceptional length and tight-knit acidity.' 97 points - Jeremy Oliver, jeremyoliver.com
'A 47/30/14/5/4% blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec, its colour bright crimson-purple; yet another wine to turn back the alcohol hands of time, albeit in the best possible way, for its vibrant black and redcurrant fruit rolls out for a seeming eternity on the palate and lingering aftertaste. Drink to 2025.' 94 points - James Halliday, Wine Companion.
'Spicy, briary, raspberry and blackberry aromas with a striking overtone of violets. Medium-bodied and intensely flavoured. Soft, balanced and superbly drinkable with gentle tannins and easygoing texture. Complex bouquet and flavour. A graceful wine whose elegance and harmony is at the opposite extreme from the more full-bodied Australian cabernet style. Great charm and food-friendliness. A top vintage of Quintet.' 96 points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review.
'Whoowee, dig this perfume. Really complex aroma spectrum – immediately engaging too. Cassis, dark fruits, touch of briar herbal lift, flash of mint, chocolatey and stubbed out cigar embers. At once cool and rich. Slender ribbons of fruit, acid and fine bony tannin across the palate. Has that succulent but strict feel, like sucking on a hard lolly as it diminishes. Beautiful, medium-bodied feel too – the wine finishes long and pure, eddying with the linger of tannin and powdered slate-like minerality. It’s in that zone of refreshment and elegance, where a repeat visit to the glass is effortless but there’s lots to explore in texture and flavour. Drink to 2032.' 95 points - Mike Bennie, WineFront.
'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.' 95 points - James Halliday, Wine Companion.
'Complex bouquet of blackcurrant, cedar and subtle earthy notes. Classically structured and medium in weight with a core of vibrant cassis fruit underpinned by a backbone of fine-grained tannins. Elegant and seamless with latent power. A standout. Drink now-2026.' Langton’s
'Bright crimson; the bouquet swarms with aromas of red and black fruits and quality oak; the medium-bodied palate is supremely elegant, yet boasts all the intensity one could wish for, with vibrant cassis and redcurrant fruit on a non-stop trip in a very fast train; of course there are tannins and French oak, but these characters are largely passive observers. Drink to 2037.' 97 points - James Halliday, Wine Companion.
'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, WineFront.
'Bright, clear colour; the fruit-filled, fragrant bouquet is followed by a classic Mount Mary palate: medium-bodied, and with a certain transparency akin to an orchestra with different instruments, the very essence thereof; near the flute are red fruits, the violin the black fruits, the bassoon tannins – all very different, but all in harmony, the sum of the parts greater than the whole. Drink to 2035.' 97 points - James Halliday, Wine Companion.
'Masterfully done. Mount Mary Quintet doesn’t muck around here. It’s a classic style, take it or leave it. It’s architectural, sparse, built on the finest of bones, enduring. It shows notes of pencils and berries, tobacco and leafy herbs, but it’s the acid and the tannin, the slow inevitability of it. Come back in 10 years. Drink to 2035.' 95+ points - Campbell Mattinson, WineFront.
'Mount Mary has shown over the decades that Quintet develops superbly, and this complex dark berry-flavoured Bordeaux blend will do just that.' 97 points - James Halliday, Wine Companion.
'Perfumed and pretty with almost succulent small black and red berries, a little vanilla and violet, cedar, tobacco and pencil cases. Medium bodied, delicious boysenberry/blackcurrant flavour, cool minerally acidity, mouth-filling but ultra-fine gravelly tannin, that superb Cabernet perfume again, and extreme length closing with an array of red and black berries and refreshingly pure, rain-washed acidity. What a wine.' 96+ points - Gary Walsh, WineFront.
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.