The new Marli Russell range is named after winery co-founder Marli Middleton & is a departure from the Mount Mary norm in that both wines are Rhone varietal based. It will come as zero surprise that the quality attached is exemplary.
The new Marli Russell range is named after winery co-founder Marli Middleton and is a departure from the Mount Mary norm in that both wines specialise in Rhone varietals. It will come as zero surprise that the quality attached is exactly in line with the esteemed core estate range.
"50% grenache, 20% each of shiraz and mourvedre, 10% cinsaut, each variety vinified separately. Bunch-sorted on vibrating tables, then berry-sorted by Oscillys machine, 10-14 days on skins, matured for 14-18 months in French oak (10% new). Pure class, pure Mount Mary, long and silky." 97pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
"Ripe strawberry, raspberry, dried roses and herbs, redcurrant and rosehip jelly. Medium-bodied, but has impact, the quality of the tannin moving up a notch this vintage, offset with cool limped acidity, succulent flavour, and a long finish shaped up with chalk dust tannin. A very strong release here. A pleasure to drink." 95pts - Gary Walsh - WineFront
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!