"The rammed earth walls and local timber

of one of Margaret River’s leading wineries

blend perfectly into the landscape… and you have

one of Australia’s most consistently fine wineries."
Oz Clarke, Decanter Magazine



We have received some great ratings and reviews over the years. Check them out!

About Our Wines

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2014


The West Australian Wine Guide 2017

"Oh boy, does this hit the mark of an affordable red wine. So well-structured with leafy blackburrant cabernet fruit superb, plus a palate-filling dollop of merlot completing a most elegant and stylish palate. There is plenty of supple sweet fruit in the middle but the sinewy tannin creates such a good balance to drive it to a long focused finish."


Cabernet Merlot 2014


The Wine Front


Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2014


Huon Hooke

Deepish red colour with a trace of purple, the bouquet subdued and shy, with some herbal and mineral touches atop mulberry fruit. It's clean and pleasant. The wine is full-bodied and the tannins are a mite sappy, sticky and herbal, finishing with a little bitterness. A little age, or appropriate food, and they will melt away. Drink 2018-2029

Cabernet Merlot 2013


Wine Business Monthly


Cabernet Merlot 2013


James Halliday 2016 Australian Wine Companion

It will age well because it's so well balanced. It's not about key features; it's about proportion. It presents an array of fresh berried flavours with bay leaf and clove complexity completing the picture. Appropriate levels of firm tannin and acidity mark this as a wine with a sound, steady future.

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2013


Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front August 2014

The first time I ever bought Trinders was off the back of a Ralph Kyte-Powell review. Would have been the late 1990s, by memory. Remarkable how you can (usually) remember the review(er) that that landed the wine in your cellar. This is a good, fresh, well-balanced red without being anything spectacular. It’s one of those wines that will end up ageing well on the back of its just-right sense of proportion. It tastes of mulberry, bay leaves, blackcurrant and cloves. It’s straight-forward, medium-weight, carries a firm-ish swagger of tannin and a tickle of acid. Fresh fruit makes it good to drink now but it will be better again once it’s mellowed out some.

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2012


Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2014

One of my favourite cabernet merlot blends. This one is showing classical lines of cigar box and leafy black fruits. Such a supple palate, yet one with tremendous depth and fruit intensity. Fine powdery tannins and nicely weighted oak balance the fruit perfectly. A very classy wine.

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2011


Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste

The evidence for the stature of 2011 at Cape Mentelle is mounting, and this wine perfectly straddles the fence between generous fruit expression and enduring, graphite-like tannin texture. From the outset, it’s definitive Margaret River cabernet (with some merlot and dashes of cabernet franc and petit verdot). A bouquet of coffee bean, high cocoa dark chocolate and ground granite overlays a core of crunchy blackcurrants and generous cassis fruit. In classic Rob Mann manner, this is an unashamedly tannin-driven wine, delivering a particularly honed

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2010


Ray Jordan, West Australian

Here's a red blend that is so exquisitely balanced and presented you just can't help yourself but pour another glass. One of the very best under this label. Wild fruit on the nose with a lush mix of plum plummy fruit and a little sage bush edge. The palate seamlessly constructed with an effortless easy finish. The tannin structure and oak integration are features. A most polished and stylish wine.

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2009


James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013

Vibrant crimson-purple, this is a beautifully structured and balanced wine, with red and black berry fruits, touches of violets and cedar on the bouquet and palate alike, the finish long and fresh.

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2008


Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste 2011

All the magic and intrigue of one of Margaret River’s grandslam vintages without the need to mortgage your castle! Taut, sinewy tannins draw out beautifully defined blackberry and blackcurrant fruit long and linear. Hints of liquorice, wisps of fireplace.

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2007


James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010

A substantial wine, the medium-to full-bodied palate very much in the usual Trinders style; ripe tannins are woven through blackcurrant/cassis fruit, oak in balance.

About Our Winery

Australia's Best Cellar Door Awards

Star Cellar Door

Gourmet Traveller

May 2015

This is a quintessential Margaret River cellar door with rugged jarrah and marri gums standing tall over the statuesque mudbrick cellar door. It's a tranquil bushland setting, ideal for putting the focus on tasting the Cape Mentelle wines. Now under the direction of Frédérique Perrin, it is home to several of Margaret River's finest wines: the sublime Cabernet; the Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon with its stunning razor-sharp complexity; the restrained, age-worthy Chardonnay: the succulent Wilyabrup Cabernet. One of the greatest things about the Cape Mentelle cellar door is that it is all about the wines. Taste and enjoy. There is more, however, if you'd like to take a Behind the Scenes tour (60 minutes for $25pp) or a Degustation Tour and Tasting (120 minutes for $80pp). For those who love pétanque, four pistes are available while the cellar door is open. In the summer, outdoor movies play in the evening in this bucolic setting.

Australian Wine Companion 2014

James Halliday

Cape Mentelle is firing on all cylinders, with the winemaking team fully capitalising on the extensive and largely mature vineyards, which obviate the need for contract-grown fruit. It is hard to say which of the wines is best: the ranking, such as it is, varies from year to year. That said, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon lead the portofolio.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2012

Producer of the Year

Ray Jordan

"The quality, depth and breadth of the Cape Mentelle range is astounding. The sensational Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 was just pipped in a taste-off for the wine of the year."

The West Australian Wine Guide 2012

Winemaker of the Year

Ray Jordan

Come with a decent pedigree that goes back to his grandfather Jack Mann and his uncle Dorham. But Robert Mann has created this own reputation based on a understanding of provenance, winemaking and region to capture the very essence of  style.


Winery of the Year

December 2011

Congrats to Cape Mentelle, keep doing whatever it is that are doing guys because it is working!

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