"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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Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

97

The West Australian Wine Guide 2016

The cabernets from Cape Mentelle in recent years have reached a new plane of excellent. This is yet another that confirms the place of this producer among the greatest of the region. Leafy tobacco-like notes with such attractive perfumed fruits on the nose. The palate is so refined and elegant yet with deep concentrated intensity of fruit supported by chalky tannins and fine grained oak.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

96

jamessuckling.com

A bold and meaty wine that has a very fresh, fragrant and lively style that makes for exciting tasting. Some very smooth, mellow and nicely ripe rich fruits on offer, custard spices and mocha oak, dark chocolate too; very complex and alluring. The palate has supple, soft and ripe mulberry, cherry and plum fruit flavors, blueberry pie, some pastry-like moments and a fluffy, approachable tannin texture. Drinking well now, has a long window of enjoyment ahead, up to two decades. Brilliant! 

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

94

The Wine Front

“The mighty Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon is a more elegant creature nowadays. Less suited to the “offline”; more suited to a luncheon. This release won’t knock anyone between the eyes but it will seduce regardless. It prefers to do you slowly. It’s soft, medium-weight, seamless and curranty, with fresh herbs and mints lifting through tobacco/undergrowth/cedarwood. Tannin is a fine, integrated art. The finish is prolonged.”

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

95

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

“A seamless parade of varietal and regional flavour. Gone is the brawn of yesteryear; this holds finesse and length closest to its chest. Blackcurrant, cedar wood, dust, undergrowth and gravel/eucalypt characters build a wealth of succulent momentum before lingering on through the finish. Integration of tannin the final quality flourish.”

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

96

huonhooke.com

The colour is medium red with both brick-red and purple tints, and shows a little forward-development. The bouquet has sandalwood and coconut, briar, mint and leaf notes. The palate is elegantly weighted and sinewy, with a touch of leanness. The tannins are domineering and the finish is chewy and grippy. This needs more time, but doesn't seem like a top-line Mentelle cabernet. Two days later, the wine is transformed. The bouquet is very detailed and subtly complex, not super-ripe but fragrant and lovely, with hints of cedar, violets and dried flowers. The palate is deliciously drinkable, elegant and nuanced, soft and finely-textured. Great line and length, but not big or imposing. A really tasty cabernet, which is not typical of the region or maker.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

98

James Halliday 2016 Australian Wine Companion

Handpicked fruit was berry sorted before fermentation of 30 days on skins; 18 months in French oak (50% new). This is a glorious cabernet, its blackcurrant, cedar and spice bouquet leading into a seamless, perfectly balanced palate with cassis and redcurrant fruit framed by cedary oak; The amazing tannins, softly woven into the fabric of the fruit, gives this wine its ultimate class. Very different to the '11.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

98

James Halliday, 2014 Top 100 Australian Wines

A glorious cabernet, its blackcurrant, cedar and spice bouquet leading into a seamless, perfectly balanced palate with cassis and redcurrant fruit framed by cedary oak. It is the amazing tannins, softly woven into the fabric of the fruit, that give this wine its unique class.

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 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.

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.

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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