Quintet is a classically proportioned style based on five classic Bordeaux varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine exhibits a purity of fruit, poise, elegance and structure found in few Australian Cabernets with cedar and blackcurrant "small fruit" aromas, fine-grained savoury tannins, superb vinosity and flavour length. Naturally balanced, well-concentrated and classically proportioned, the wine has a great reputation for longevity.
The grapes are hand harvested, lightly crushed, totally destemmed, fermented in both open and closed fermenters with careful temperature control and frequent pumping over. Malolactic fermentation takes place once primary fermentation is completed. After the lees have settled, the wine is de-vatted to 30% new French oak barriques and 70% large format oak casks in its first year. In its second year, the wine is racked into seasoned two to six-year-old barriques for 10 months.
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, The Real Review.
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 after taste. 94 points, Wine Companion.
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, WineFront.
A subtle yet complex red blend and one of Australia's most sought-after wines. The 2010 is beautifully fragrant and pure with leafy, earthy, rhubarb and cassis notes, superbly balanced, supple, precise tannins with some grip on the finish guaranteeing longevity for at least the next 15 years. Yet this medium-bodied, elegant wine is drinking well now and is a joy to savour.
goodfood.com.au (April 2013)
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.