Marli Middleton (nee Russell), co-founder of Mount Mary, was the inspiration behind the label in recognition of her enthusiasm for the family to continue the pursuit of new ideas. Marli was an adventurous and fun loving woman and it’s this spirit of hers that we hope shines through in these wines. In 2008, in response to changing environmental conditions and our desire to evaluate new varieties, we began to establish additional vineyard areas at Mount Mary. We chose seven varieties that have been traditionally grown in the Rhone Valley of France and our vision in planting these vines was to continue to explore the potential of our unique site, creating some new and exciting wines. The varieties planted include three white grapes, Marsanne, Roussanne and Clairette and four red grapes, Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Cinsault.