THE CAPE MENTELLE TEAM
Experienced and Innovative
The experienced and innovative team at Cape Mentelle are always progressing with forward looking ideas, handcrafted wines and an international perspective. Emphasis on fruit quality, sustainable viticulture and innovative technology in the winery are all an integral part of the quality control and vision in the pursuit of excellence.
A regular visitor to Margaret River since 2000, Cameron joined Cape Mentelle as Estate Director in July 2014. Now living in idyllic Margaret River, he has a long-held passion for Cape Mentelle and the surrounding region as Australia’s finest.
Following various wine industry management & business roles based in Australia and the UK, Cameron joined the Moët Hennessy group in 2005 as Key Account Manager based in Sydney and then onto Queensland State Manager before becoming Business Development Manager for the Moet Hennessy Estates & Wines portfolio in 2008, representing the international wine estates within the Asia Pacific markets.
Cameron is now responsible for Cape Mentelle’s overall business with a focus on communicating Margaret River’s unique wine proposition and qualities all around the world, and ensuring Cape Mentelle continues to be at the leading edge of Australia’s best wineries.Download the bio of Cameron Murphy
Frederique Perrin joined Cape Mentelle as Technical Director in September 2014 from Champagne Krug where she was Enology and Production Manager. She has been part of the Moet Hennessy Estates & Wines family since 2007. Along with Krug, she has crafted wines at Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard in the Napa Valley, Moet & Chandon in Epernay, and Terrazas De Los Andes in Mendoza.
Born in France, Frederique has an Agricultural Engineering Diploma, a Winemaking Degree and an M. Sc in Enology, Viticulture and Winemaking from ENSAM-SupAgro in Montpellier, and has been working in the wine industry since 1998. Her winemaking career has taken her around the world and Cape Mentelle brings her back to Margaret River where she did her first overseas vintage back in 1999.
Leading the winemaking team, Frederique’s passion and experience ensure the Cape Mentelle wine portfolio perpetuates its reputation of outstanding quality, consistency and excellence.Download the bio of Frederique Perrin
Ashley Wood was born and raised in Western Australia, growing up in the Swan Valley and the Perth foothills. He is passionate about the region and in particular the Margaret River terroir. Ash firmly believes that the superb quality of the fruit grown in Margaret River is a unique reflection of this.
Ashley travelled extensively overseas and during this time visits to Bordeaux and Alsace fuelled an interest in grape growing. On his return home he enrolled to study for a Bachelor of Viticulture at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales. Ash then spent 12 years working in vineyards in Margaret River before joining the team at Cape Mentelle just in time for the 2007 harvest.
When he is not in the vineyards Ash is most likely to be found indulging his other passion - the ocean. A very strong swimmer Ash has competed in the West Australian Rottnest Island swim several times. He also recently completed his day skipper’s ticket sailing around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.Download the bio of Ashley Wood
Evan joined the Cape Mentelle team for vintage 2010. While studying to be a Chemical Engineer in South Australia Evan worked at Coopers Brewery – aiming to become a brewer. At the same time he also worked in various restaurants as becoming a chef was another consideration! However his passion for wine won through and in 2001 he completed Post Grad Oenology at Adelaide University.
Evan has since worked 20 vintages in various parts of Australia, USA, France and Germany, he has a great interest in the wines of Bordeaux (particularly St Emilion) and is a big fan of Riesling from the Mosel. Evan has also completed the Australian Wine Research Institute’s wine assessment course and is very keen to do some show judging in the future.
When Evan is not looking after production for Cape Mentelle he can often be found DJing in Margaret River as one of his other passions is for vinyl records. His other loves include running, mountain biking and cooking.Download the bio of Evan Thompson
Paul studied in Glasgow for a Business degree and went on to work for Oddbins wine merchants, where his love of wine began.
This was cemented with back to back vintages in the Hunter Valley at Brokenwood starting in 2000. In-between harvesting he went back to selling fine wine for Vintage Cellars in Sydney. Paul then travelled to Italy where he stayed for three years working at De Conciliis, a small family winery in Campania.
Moving to Margaret River in 2005 Paul started working at Cape Mentelle as a cellar hand, he was particularly interested in working with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Studying as a post grad in Oenology at Curtin University Paul moved on to become a winemaker for Cape Mentelle.Download the bio of Paul Callaghan