Our Mary Kathleen is generally sourced from the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard planted in 1986 that sits just to the side of the cellar door.
"Quite deep and dark in colour, impressive for its age. Lifted aromas of blackberry, dried herbs, cedar, tobacco, sweet oak and bramble. Rich and powerful on the palate, there's an impressive drive of fleshy dark fruits as well as a lift of leaf, graphite and herbs. Firm, shapely tannins and bright acidity round all out very nicely. 95 points"
The Real Review
"Blackcurrant, blueberry pie, mint/aniseed, bay leaf and tobacco, some spicy biscuit oak. It’s medium-bodied, sweet blue and black fruit, but with savoury tobacco/black olive characters, and a subtle earthiness. Tannin is supple and fine-grained, some dried raspberry and nori, and a fine finish of good length. Charming. Very good. 94 points"
Gary Walsh, Winefront
"Cabernet excels in these parts. The volume is simply turned up: extract and application of tannins – grape and oak – needed to corral the fruit. Yet this sort of Mediterranean expression remains true to varietal personality when executed well. And here it is: cassis, mulch, sage, bayleaf, tapenade and ample oak, positioned as chamois tannins. Brusque, but all high quality. Needs time. 94 points"
Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion