"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

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

About Our Wines

Chardonnay 2014

95

The West Australian Wine Guide 2016

Another mighty good chardonnay showing the continued evolution of the style. Beautifully complex aromas of grapefruit and subtle mealy grapefruit with a trace of lightly roasted cashew. A slight hint of spicy lime characters add another layer of interest. The palate is controlled and refined with great length. Finishes with a lick of minerally acidity.

Chardonnay 2014

96

huonhooke.com

Bright, light yellow/green colour; lemon, citrusy fruit to the fore on an intense bouquet. Toasted cashew overtones. The wine is tremendously concentrated and powerful with great line and a penetrating palate following on with a very long-lasting finish. Grapefruit and lemon flavours linger on and on. A superb chardonnay, with a big future.

Chardonnay 2014

96

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

Some wines are songs to their variety and vineyard(s) and this is one such. It's touched by toasty, spicy oak but the wellspring is clearly the fruit, pure and shining as it is. Gingerbread, white peach, pear and grapefruit. A match has been struck nearby, the glow and the smoke subtly apparent. Beauty in a bottle.

Chardonnay 2014

95

The Wine Front

“This is very good release for Cape Mentelle. You rarely go too far wrong with their Chardonnay, but this vintage is a long way right. Ripe grapefruit and lime, white peach, a whiff of struck match, ginger and cinnamon toast oak. It’s light and deft, but flavoursome, bursting with juicy citrus fruit and softened with cashew. The flinty smoky texture is bang on and the acidity is crystal clear, keeps it tight, and draws it long. Best of all, it’s just bloody beautiful to drink.”

Chardonnay 2014

94

The Sydney Morning Herald, Section: Good Food

“Stone fruit, citrus and spice/gingerbread aromas make a seductive intro, and the palate is long, mellow and concentrated, soft and super-long.”

Chardonnay 2013

97

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015

Predominantly from the estate vineyard, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, barrel-fermented in French barriques (one-third new), part wild, part cultured, yeast-fermented, matured for 9 months with weekly battonage. Gleaming straw-green; a super-elegant, yet extremely complex, wine, with pink grapefruit to the fore, balanced in both texture and flavour by buttery brioche.

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.

Chardonnay 2011

97

Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Annual 2013

Tightly crafted and finely balanced, this opulent but tighly wound chardonnay delivers Grand Cru concentration and composition. It’s fragrant and smoky, with aromas of white peach, nectarine, grapefruit and fresh vanilla oak backed by suggestions of wax and wheatmeal, plus a hint of bubblegum. Long, smooth and unctuous, it’s explosively fruited, with a seamless presence of flavour underpinned by nuances of cashew and mineral, finishing focused, mineral and quite savoury with fresh, citrusy acids.

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.

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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