Mount Mary Marli Russell RP2 2018

Pure class, pure Mount Mary, long and silky. (97) JAMES HALLIDAY, Halliday Wine Companion 2021

Mount Mary was one of the foremost pioneers of the rebirth of the Yarra Valley after 50 years without viticultural activity, and right from the outset produced wines of rare finesse and purity.Today its star shines brighter than that of any of the 174 wineries in the Yarra Valley. JAMES HALLIDAY

Sam Middleton, who I feel is leading this grand estate to new heights. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

Well amidst the lockdown, curfews, and border closures there’s been some excitement as of late that didn’t have anything to do with Covid-19 – YAY!

James Halliday recently held his annual awards night and with it came the release of all reviews, ratings, and awards, which will be included in the Halliday Wine Companion Guide for 2021.

Mount Mary picked up some exciting gongs and of them was a well-deserved 97 Points for the Marli Russell Rhone Project 2. The wine is a traditional Rhone blend consisting of Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, and Cinsault. The “RP2” (as the label calls it) seems to really be finding its sea legs. In last year’s Halliday guide the wine picked up 95 points. Not bad for only the fifth vintage. I think it’s safe to say the vines are in good hands with star Sam Middleton leading the way. Halliday is a fan. Are you?

Even though the “Rhone Project” has seen only 5 commercial vintage releases to date, this “new” endeavour has been in the works for well over 10 years now. The concept came from the family’s desire to adapt in the wake of climate change.They felt it was their duty to continue to challenge their soils and trust where their native land would take them.

Marli Middleton (nee Russell), co-founder of Mount Mary, was the inspiration for the label. Marli always led with her enthusiasm for the family as they continued to create and pursue new ideas. Marli was an adventurous and fun-loving woman who helped pioneer the Yarra Valley into being considered a serious winemaking region. The family hopes to honour her legacy by living and working with innovation and a sense of place always in mind. The RP2 is an exciting project to get on board with and with Halliday backing it, you can’t go wrong.

I am pleased to offer savings of 15% on single bottle buys and a further savings when you purchase six or more.