This blend is made from Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Cinsault and will vary from vintage to vintage. This wine stylistically follows on from other Mount Mary red wines as well as showing all the hallmark character istics of these fascinating varieties, when grown in cool climates. These varieties are fermented using a large percentage of whole berries as we feel this helps to maximise the expression of the fruit. This wine is matured in barrel (the Grenache in large format oak) for 16 months with only a very small percentage of new oak used in order to preserve the natural complexity of the fruit.
2017 marks the fourth rendition of this blend from our vineyards here at Mount Mary and seems quite obviously the most expressive, fruit forward example we have made to date. The cooler growing season allowed these varieties to hang on the vine longer than is often the case in warmer seasons, encouraging beautifully ripe flavours to develop at moderately low alcohol level s. There is an array of fruit present on the nose including poached strawberry, cherries, redskin, and spice. The palate is light to medium bodied but shows so much persistence and length. There is a very fine line of tannin through the spine of this wine offering some structure and giving it a savoury edge. While this wine is ready to be drunk and enjoyed immediately, we believe it will continue to improve over the next 5 – 10 years. – Sam Middleton, Mount Mar