"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

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RATINGS & REVIEWS

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About Our Wines

WALLCLIFFE SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON 2012

94

Huon Hooke

The colour is light straw and the bouquet immediately reveals barrel fermentation, without dominant oak. Dry, savoury, toasted nut bouquet with straw and dried herb notes, and some toasted almond from the barrels. It’s intense and dry, lively and vigorous in the mouth, with good flavour length and balancing acidity, and a clean, lingering finish. Superb now and it will reward further cellaring.

WALLCLIFFE SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON 2012

94

Huon Hooke

The colour is light straw and the bouquet immediately reveals barrel fermentation, without dominant oak. Dry, savoury, toasted nut bouquet with straw and dried herb notes, and some toasted almond from the barrels. It’s intense and dry, lively and vigorous in the mouth, with good flavour length and balancing acidity, and a clean, lingering finish. Superb now and it will reward further cellaring.

Wallcliffe SBS 2012

96

Wine Business Monthly

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Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012

97

James Halliday 2016 Australian Wine Companion

55/45% estate-grown sauvignon blanc and semillon barrel-fermented in French oak (35% new). Three vineyard sections are picked and separately fermented, with a selection of the best barrels at the end of the process. The precocious display of fruit throughout has easily absorbed the oak, leaving lemongrass, citrus and a wisp of lime marmalade offset by cleaning natural acidity. Bred to stay.

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012

95

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015

TOP 10 AUSTRALIAN SEMILLON AND OR SAUVIGNON BLANC

A benchmark wine, true to style, with a fresh and slightly briny bouquet of gooseberries, lemon rind and vanilla/clove/cinnamon oak backed by nuances of dried herbs, minerals and a hint of butter. It's long and tighlty sculpted, with a generous presence of gooseberries, melon and lemony fruit underpinned by a fine chalkiness and tighlty knit with creamy oak and nutty yeast-derived influences, finishing long, savoury  and deftly focused around a brisk citrusy acidity. 

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 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.

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

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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