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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Mount Mary Vineyards Chardonnay 2000
Mount Mary Vineyards Chardonnay 2000
(search item no. 101674)
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $31.98

Winemaker's Notes:

Closed and undeveloped which is always a plus for long term cellaring. The smokey oak flavors resulting from barrel fermentation and extended lees ageing are subdued and all the necessary ingredients are there for a great future. These chardonnays are never fruity and forward, but instead show their age slowly, becoming fine, elegant and delicious in their own time.

These are stimulating wines of great depth and complexity, their reputation earned through consistency of quality. They will richly reward those seeking true expressions of a vineyard's character.

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About Mount Mary Vineyards:

Mount Mary Vineyard is a family owned, single vineyard estate located in the heart of the Yarra Valley which lies in the south-eastern corner of Australia. Established in 1971 by Dr. John and Marli Middleton, Mount Mary was one of the first vineyards planted in the resurgence of the Yarra Valley as a premium grape growing region. The inspiration for planting vines in this area came from the local history of the Yarra Valley and in particular from the wines being made by the Swiss settlers in the 1850’s. These Swiss immigrants had been greatly influenced by the French wine producers and they recognised the climatic parallels the Yarra Valley shared with both Bordeaux and Burgundy.

After extensive visits to the wine growing areas of the world in the late 1960’s and in particular those of Bordeaux and Burgundy, John and Marli had become totally fascinated by French premium wine. They then decided to start looking for a suitable place to establish a commercial vineyard planted entirely with French grape varieties. And so it was in 1971 that John and Marli stumbled upon the property known as "Mount Mary". The site had, surprisingly, never been planted with vines yet they immediately recognised the gentle north facing slope and soil as being ideal for their purpose. The first vines were planted in 1972 and today we have some 30 acres under vine, all of varying age and varieties.