Sam Middleton, the grandson of founder Dr John Middleton is now making the wines at Mount Mary and has clearly risen to the sizeable challenge of taking over this hallowed Yarra Valley winery, with superb quality across their Quintet Cabernets, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Triolet releases.
This pretty, fresh style is achieved with 100% destemmed fruit but with as many whole berries as possible in ferment. This wine saw 16 months in oak (10% new). It has a very small portion of Merlot in it - about 5% - to fatten out the mid-palate ever so slightly.
The result is a crunchy wine with lively acidity and great freshness. It doesn't necessarily need time in bottle; as with all Réflexion wines, it's ready to drink on release! - Sam Middleton, Mount Mary
Vineyard: South-facing slope, planted 2008 on rootstock.
Blend: 95% Cabernet franc, 5% Merlot
Fermentation: 100% destemmed; no crushing to preserve whole berries. 12 days on skins.
Maturation: 16 months in oak, 12 months in large-format foudre and four months in barrique (10% new).