Marli Russell By Mount Mary Rp2 2019
1 or more bottles$59.00
Gary Walsh95 points
55% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, 20% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault. The quality and consistency of this blend, grown here at Mount Mary, has surprised us from the very first release, and it takes another leap forward in 2019. To date, this is the most balanced and complete wine we have made under this label. Scents of poached strawberry, sour cherries, rose water, dark chocolate and spice all contribute to the complex aroma of this wine. On the palate its medium bodied, but shows understated concentration, power and length. It’s a wine that benefits from a good decant and should be enjoyed over many hours to ensure the full spectrum of flavours is revealed.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"Strawberry, watermelon, roses, spice, musk sticks and mint. Silky, cherries with a floral mouth-perfume, biscuits and jamon, fresh and cool feeling wine, emery board tannin, pomegranate and baking spice on a long and svelte finish. So fine and graceful. Distinctive and different. It’s a beautiful wine. Effortless, seemingly."
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About the brand Mount Mary
A family owned and operated vineyard, Mount Mary is the product of passionate wine enthusiasts who decided to make it a lifestyle. Having spent years travelling to Bordeaux and Burgundy in France, John and Marli Middleton purchased Mount Mary in Victoria's Yarra Valley in 1971 and planted their first vines a year later.
With son David at the helm, Mount Mary also sees Sam Middleton, a third generation winemaker continuing the family legacy. Sam has worked vintages in Australia as well as in Burgundy and Bordeaux. The experience gained in the latter two are of particular importance as the winery's portfolio is cut from the same cloth; it produces four super premium wines inspired from these regions including Quintet and Triolet, red and white Bordeaux blends respectively, as well as a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The philosophy of the brand is simple; to grow and vinify the grapes using sustainable practices to promoting long-term health of the vines, a health that is evident through the quality of wines produced.