"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

THE JOURNO'S OPINIONS

THE JOURNO'S OPINIONS
RATINGS & REVIEWS

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About Our Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

98

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2014

The Cape Mentelle cabernets just get better each year. This one is right in there with the best of them. The 2010 was outstanding, but this brings a greater depth and fruit concentration into the palate while retaining that beautifully elegant design which has become a feature of these wines. Dusty powdery tannins, medium-weight concentrated fruit and such beautiful oak treatment. Takes cabernet to an art form.

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2012

94

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.

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013

95

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2014

BEST BLENDED WHITE
So pure and so intense. This should be the benchmark for this style from Margaret River. It all comes to life with that crunchy acid to lift the vibrant tropical fruits. A little splash of citrus juice and the rest is pure drinking heaven. Tuck in and enjoy.

Shiraz 2011

96

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

Destemmed, fermented on skins for a couple of weeks, basket pressed and then matured in large oak vats. The pathway to, as it turned out, a superb shiraz release from Cape Mentelle. This is a beauty. Roasted meats, black pepper, some smoky reduction, a plushness and yet, overwhelmingly, a spicy discipline throughout. Completely unafraid of tannin, all peppery and nutty and firm. Black, polished, gorgeous cherries. Black, red and purple notes. Immaculately clean, bossed into shape by all that dry tannin, and yet exciting to drink, smell, revisit.

Chardonnay 2012

95

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2014

A fine contemporary chardonnay able to carry plenty of fruit but also to reveal a very tight balance. Scented with a spicy bouquet of fresh peach, grapefruit, nectarine and sweet vanilla oak, it also unfolds nuances of cloves, cinnamon and a fresh floral note. Very long and elegant, its restrained peach/grapefruit flavours and new fine-grained oak combine with remarkable focus and freshness, finishing quite savoury with a briny, mineral aspect.

Zinfandel 2011

96

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2014

Plush, smooth and unctuous, unfolding a profoundly floral, musky and heady bouquet of rose petals, blackberries, blueberry confiture with a wildness and genuine depth of perfume. Smooth and silky, it reveals a lustrous, layered and faintly brambly presence of cherries, plums and dark berries tightly knit with an ultra-fine grade of polished tannin and finishing with exceptional freshness. Simply beautiful clarity, structure and depth of flavour.

Wilyabrup 2011

94

James Halliday, Wine Companion

Excellent colour, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc, which has been matured in French oak, much of it new; its mix of cassis, redcurrant, spice and licorice is bolstered by that oak and by ripe supple tannins. A thoroughly hedonistic wine that will be even better in five-plus years time when that oak has settled down.

Wallcliffe 2011

95

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2014

#2 BEST SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON BLEND
Very focused and classy – an exceptional example of its style. Spicy, floral and coriander – like 
aromas of grapefruit, melon smoked meats and dried herbs reveal a hint of nettle and fresh nutty vanilla oak. It’s long and complete, with a vibrant, seamless expression of fruit and oak culminating in a mineral finish of refreshing lemony acids and a lingering hint of wet slate.

Marmaduke Shiraz 2012

91

James Halliday, Wine Companion

Bright colour; a neatly presented portrait of southern Margaret River shiraz, with its cool grown red berry fruit flavours given well measured support from tannins and oak.

Georgiana Sauvignon Blanc 2013

92

Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Epicure

Excellent Margaret River sauvignon blanc. Georgiana offers penetrating varietal aromas that suggest lush tropical fruits, blossom and light leafiness. Great balance with a zippy, dry finish.

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2011

95

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

96

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

96

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

93

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

91

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.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

98

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2013

A more regal and refined version than the marvellous 2009. So effortlessly silky through its mid palate to that long finish. The palate displays beautifully integrated fine grained oak and superb fruit quality. It’s powerful and classic, yet so subtle. Great wine..... again.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

98

Ray Jordan, West Australian

Another stunning cabernet from Mann. A tough call following 2008 and yet this is giving it a real nudge. Vibrant, bright colour in the glass. Opens with a mix of tobacco leaf and blackcurrant lifted with the exotic perfume of violets. When you get to the palate this is where it really starts to rock, with the wild mix of flavours supported by fine tannins and oak. It's effortless and all style. Ranks with the finest from this great estate.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

95

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012

A restrained and elegant wine, with red fruits, cedar and a suggestion of violets the central theme; elegant, tightly wound and unevolved on the palate, showing a slippery texture; the finish reveals the wine’s true depth of personality with structure in complete harmony with the fruit.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

97

Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2011

Another 2007 from Margaret River that will be remembered as one of the greatest Cape Mentelle cabernets of all time. Power and poise fused with conviction and stunning value when you look around the globe at comparative cabernet quality.
A much-anticipated vintage of this leading Margaret River cabernet, and not an ounce of disappointment.
With smells of bright cassis and juniper, fragrant and subtly floral, the cedary spicy oak adds a layer of class to this standout wine. The palate’s unthinkably poised: perfectly proportioned tannins carry deeply ripe, sweet fruit with impressive power and impeccable grace. Like an angel, this sits right at the top of the tree.”

Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

94

James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2010

Remarkable achievement for the vintage; medium-bodied cassis, blackcurrant: tannins fresh rather than green.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

94

James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2010

Excellent colour, a fragrant, savoury medium-bodied wine, the bouquet and palate offering a seamless array of black fruits, earth, licorice and French oak; admirable texture, line and length.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

95

Ray Jordan, West Australian

A wine that just oozes classic cabernet. Powerful black currant dusty minerally palate strikes a great balance between fruit and oak. It’s firm yet there is generosity in the middle. Controlled and focused with immense length and mid- palate weight. Great wine.

Shiraz 2010

97

Ray Jordan, West Australian

One of the most elegant and stylish shiraz from Margaret River. Savoury, brambly notes on the nose with a splash of spices and black pepper. The palate is supported by fine tannins and fine-grained oak. It results in a smooth and silky finish with wonderful texture and mouth feel. Exceptional wine.

Shiraz 2009

96

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012

Bright crimson-purple; fragrant red and black cherry fruit on the bouquet also runs fluently through the long, elegant, medium-bodied palate; as the wine moves to the finish, the spicy/savoury components become more obvious, yet still harmonious.

Shiraz 2008

94

Jeremy Oliver, Wine Annual 2011

Stylish, meaty and savoury, this measured, polished shiraz has a deep, rather closed bouquet of dark plums and berries, tight-knit gamy cedar/vanilla oak and dried herbs backed by white pepper, cloves and nutmeg. Elegant but profoundly flavoured, it’s long, supple and fine-grained, delivering a seamless marriage of deep plum, blackberry and blueberry flavour, fine-grained oak and a firm, but pliant undercarriage of fine tannin.

Marmaduke 2010

93

Ray Jordan, West Australian 2012

Sourced entirely from Margaret River, the fruit is front and centre, soft and spicy. Lovely mulberry notes on the nose. Great spice and structure. Always a good buy.

Marmaduke Shiraz 2009

94

Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly 2011

Rob Mann has streamlined Marmaduke from the all-terrain blends of the past to a high-performance dragster. Powered by juicy black cherries and blackberries, kept on the road by firm, fine, peppery tannins, tuned by a brillinat vintage, this thing outdrives every Marmaduke to date.

Wilyabrup 2009

96

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013

A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc from vines planted in 1970, some of the first in the Wilyabrup area; the bright and crystal clear crimson colour introduces a beautifully modulated wine, with layers of red and black fruits, superfine tannins and cedary French oak.

Wilyabrup 2008

94

Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide

A red equivalent in the range to the ‘Wallcliffe’, this carries a sub-regional classification rather than a single vineyard. The blend is cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc, and it has plenty of classic cedary comforting characters; sweet berries, plums and bright vanillin spice. The palate’s superbly crafted with ripe, fine tannins that delivery superb, juicy fruit flavour and immense length with striking poise and elegance. Masterful - a welcome new addition to the Margaret River claret movement.

Zinfandel 2009

95

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013

Even richer and fuller in the mouth than the ‘10 but bringing the same raft of flavours into play. Its colour retention is excellent, as is the tapestry of tannins on the finish, making it an even better wine.

Zinfandel 2008

95

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2012

A brilliant modern zin - an artful reflection of the more perfumed and fine-grained Margaret River reds from 2008. It’s scented with spicy, floral and meaty aromas of cranberries, blackberries, redcurrants and raspberries, with undertones of bitumen, cloves and cinnamon. Long and supple, with tight-fisted layers of pristine red and blue fruits, it builds in strength and density towards its lingering and finely astringent finish.

Chardonnay 2010

97

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2012

Cape Mentelle’s finest ever white wine has a spicy floral scent whose underlying core of grapefruit, melon, tropical and mineral aromas are enhanced by a measured suspense of smoky, mealy, nutty and creamy complexity, plus undertones of brioche and struck match. An exercise in controlled intensity and power, its long and luxuriant, elegant and finely crafted, with remarkable length, a fine minerality and lingering smoky, savoury complexity.

Chardonnay 2009

95

Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual 2011

Finely crafted, balanced and elegant, with pristine aromas of melon, peach and grapefruit tightly knit with sweet tight-grained vanilla and clove-like oak, backed by undertones of ginger, cinnamon, minerals and smoky, leesy complexity ... finishing long, bright and assertive.

Chardonnay 2008

96

Huon Hooke, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine

Fresh nutty, mealy fruit aromas with a hint of funk. Youthful yet complex flavours fill a soft, gentle,
light- to medium-bodied palate with just enough richness and a long carry.

Chardonnay 2007

95

Jeremy Oliver

A stylish and contemporary chardonnay...Excellent balance and focus.

Georgiana Sauvignon Blanc 2011

John Lewis, Newcastle Herald 2011

The Georgiana is pale straw and has peach blossom aromas. Fresh gooseberry flavours zips onto the front of the palate, green capsicum and lemon curd characters show on the middle palate and flinty acid comes through at the finish.

Georgiana Sauvignon Blanc 2010

91

Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2011

A fresh, crisp sauvignon from the west, showing ripe lime citrus, dark-leaf herbs, stony notes and a good serve of restrained tropical fruits. The palate has immensely supple flesh and texture, with plenty of acid to kick the finish along. Very tidy..

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

95

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013

Bright quartz-green; this is the unwooded version of Cape Mentelle’s sauvignon blanc semillon, but show the fruit intensity and complexity that allows the (oaked) Wallcliffe version to succeed so well. Here there is a panoply of aromas and flavours spanning citrus/grapefruit, stone fruit and tropical fruits (whatever you care to mention) sustained by lovely natural acidity.

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010

94

Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste 2011

Maragret River SBS has come of age... A touch of barrel work (just a small percentage here) adds texture and seamlessness to tightly restrained grapefruit, lemon and guava flavours. Jaw-dropping.

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010

96

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013

Bright colour, showing the hallmarks of a complex, layered and meticulously detailed blend inspired by the best Bordelaise can muster; fragrant tropical fruits, nettle, fine toasty oak and a tightly wound palate that is both complex and refreshing; long, layered and impeccable.

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

96

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013

It is a marriage of fruit generosity and intensity with its long, elegant, layered palate. It is remarkable, too, for the relatively low alcohol that gives rise to this cornucopia of flavours.

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2008

96

Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual 2011

Very complex, but supremely elegant, focused and balanced, with funky, schisty, mineral and waxy aromas of smoked meats, gooseberries, lychees and melon overlying spicy nuances of apple, cloves, cinnamon and tight-grained oak. Given the extent of its smoky, meaty and nutty complexity, it’s remarkably fruit-driven and focused, with intense apple, melon and gooseberry flavour tightly woven around a fine, chalky undercarriage, culminating in a lingering briney, savoury finish of tangy fruit and persistent minerality

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2006

95

Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, February / March 2009

The big gun of Mentelle’s trio of sav-sems, showing fresh French oak, salad-herbs and a kind of balsamic wild-yeast lift. The barrel aromas dominate slightly. It’s very powerful, concentrated and rich with lovely balance in the mouth.

About Our Winery

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.

Winestar

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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