Mount Mary Marli Russell RP1 2016

Marsanne, roussanne and clairette here. All estate grown. A 40/40/20 split. There were discussions in 2009 regarding what varieties might work with the region going forward, and hence white Rhone varieties were planted – they hold onto natural acid in the cooler site that Mount Mary exists on/in. “Are we going to grow pinot, chardonnay in the Yarra Valley in 30, 40, 50 years? I find pinot does struggle in the warmer years, and it led me to think of these Rhone varieties. With planting these varieties I was wanting to make decisions for the longer term”, says a sagely, soothsaying Sam Middleton.

Shows quince and lemon, lime leaf and blossom, puffs of fragrant talc too. It’s lean and focussed, trim and precise in the palate, drives with energy across a scintillating length. Compact wine of high refreshment factor but undoubted pedigree. This is a fantastic, understated yet elegant wine. And drinkability is through the roof.

Tasted : MAY18
Alcohol : 13%
Price : $55
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2018 - 2027
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