The Triolet blend, first produced at this vineyard in 1987, was inspired by the white wines of the Graves, Bordeaux. The vineyard is planted to 75% Sauvignon blanc, 20% Semillon and 5% Muscadelle. Each variety is picked at optimum ripeness, and is usually fermented separately. The characteristics of optimum ripeness are different for each variety. We pick the Sauvignon blanc after the strong herbaceous flavours have disappeared, the Semillon when the acid is not too harsh, and the Muscadelle when the flavour intensity peaks.In the winery we use mostly older barrels for this wine, with the entire production being barrel fermented. We use grape solids to give the wine texture, and lees stirring to add complexity and body. The Triolet is typically barrel aged for 10 months by which time the overt fruity flavours have diminished, and complex aromas are beginning to develop.
TRIOLET VERTICAL TASTING - Held on the 21st and 22nd May, 2008
In 2008 we embarked on our semi-regular journey through the old wines, this time dating back to 1981. With around twenty vintages of each wine to taste we divided each tasting over two days to ensure fresh palates. Mount Mary has always avoided being influenced by winemaking fashions and the overwhelming impression from these tastings was that of consistency of style which was evident through all four wines and all years.
A few caveats:
- All of the comments regarding the wines are relative to the other wines in the tasting. (i.e. when we describe a Chardonnay as having low acidity, this is in comparison to our other Chardonnays)
- Unless a wine was clearly faulty, we only opened one bottle. Therefore, in some cases we may have tasted a somewhat inferior bottle that is not representative of most bottles from that year. (Follow any recommendations in these notes cautiously.)
- Once wine leaves our cellar any differences in storage conditions of the wine will impact upon the relevance of these notes.
Of the white wines, the Triolet seemed to show the variations in the vintage weather more than the Chardonnay. There are some more delicate wines (1996, 1998, 1999, 2004) some quite powerful Triolets (1989, 1990, 1993, 2000, 2003, 2005) and a couple that are quite broad (1991, 2001). While all of the wines were drinking well, the absolute highlights would have to have been 1989, 1990, 2000, and 2005.
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Lovely round palate, great phenolics, a little warmth from the alcohol, very long. Very slight apparent oak but perfectly balanced.
Fresh colour, looks like a freshly bottled Chardonnay.
Quite upfront acid but well rounded palate. Acid not over the top. Lovely texture. Very young looking and has many years left.
Very rich palate, good phenolics, typical balance but with added richness and viscosity. Yeasty flavour at finish, very slight wood. Not as expressive nose as others but great palate.
Very slightly hot at back palate, not as finely balanced as others, still a very good wine.
Tight balance but good, somewhat green in flavour but nice and fresh, slight woody finish. Should have many years left.
Very nice balance and good length. Mouthwatering acid. Strong acid but in balance, strong phenolics, very powerful palate, needs more time. Would suit fattier foods.
(There is considerable bottle variation in the 1993 Triolet, we had to open a few bottles to find a good one, must have been a bad batch of corks. We have found this on other occasions with the 1993 Chardonnay as well)
Powerful phenolic palate, well balanced acid, good length, needs more time. Very young and fresh tasting.
Lean palate, not overly round. Still quite young and fresh. Good strong phenolics as usual but no fatness to back it up.
Soft mouth-feel but well supported by some nice texture. More approachable style, not overly expressive wine but very drinkable.
Slightly brown colour.
Stronger phenolics, quite grainy, some aldehyde showing.
(We opened 2 bottles to get a good one, others were oxidized. This repeats a pattern from the 1993 and 1997 chard, another bad batch of corks.)
Very fresh young colour.
Lovely palate, very delicate but with noticeable phenolics. Soft but balanced acidity. Good finish. Lighter, more delicate style.
Very fresh colour.
Slightly acid balance, light weight again. Solids use (lees stirring) very apparent. Slightly stalky, or chalk-like phenolics. Good balance and needs more time to be at itís best.
Full, richer palate, good structure, lighter acid, good development. Very generous and long. Will continue to improve.
Good length and texture, but a little broad compared to the better Triolets.
Nice phenolics, well balanced, some richness but very light weight, similar to 1998. Combination of low acid and light phenolics. Will continue to improve.
Bigger wine, quite rich but balanced by powerful phenolics and acid. Long and persistent. Slightly hot finish. Drinking well now.
Atypical flavours of lychee, musk.