Toasty and nutty upfront, with hints of minerality showing through, this is a refined Chardonnay that should have the structure to age. Despite being barrel-fermented, there’s no malolactic fermentation, so it stays crisp through the long finish that barely hints at pear and peach.
So delicate that it, at times, seems fleeting. There are pineapple and spice aromas, and white peach joins in on the palate. What’s most remarkable is the feel—one minute it feels full, and the next, like dust blowing in the wind. Changing in the glass, and by the sip. Good for the soul. Imported by Old Bridge Cellars.
A very delicate wine. On the nose, it has focused berry fruit and a stably undercurrent that follows through on the palate. It’s smooth in the mouth, subtle in that it shines with the impression of bright berry fruit, but its size doesn’t knock you over. Pretty, feminine and best of all, different. Imported by Old Bridge Cellars.
Restraint is one of the buzzwords in Australian wine, which might be one reason that for all of this winery’s cult status in Australia, it remains relatively unknown in America. This medium-bodied wine’s black cherry fruit is definitely restrained, flecked with delicate herbal notes and rounded out by supple tannins. It’s well made and well balanced, but lacks sizzle.
A Bordeaux-inspired blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle, this wine’s understated flavors might be an issue for some, but it offers a richly textured mouthfeel that resembles white Bordeaux. Subtle peach and spice flavors finish long, adding a mineral component.
One of Australia’s most expensive and sought-after Cabernet blends, Mount Mary’s Quintet has failed to impress more than one American critic. It’s an appealing, well-crafted wine that combines leather, cherry and dried herbs in a somewhat lean, crisp style that delivers a long, mineral-and-cedar finish.
An icon in Australia, Mount Mary has never made a huge splash here in the States. Perhaps because such miniscule quantities are available (30 cases of the 2005 Quintet). The 2005 Quintet presents as a medium-bodied, nicely rounded Bordeaux-style blend, marrying cedary, meaty notes with cherry fruit and graced with touches of cinnamon and mushroom. It’s nicely…