There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
 

Cabernet Merlot

This classic blend is beautifully balanced wine with the flavour, structure and length of cabernet enhanced by soft, rich merlot. Traditional winemaking including basket pressing and maturation in French oak has resulted in a concentrated and luxurious wine of great integrity.

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2009
Type
Red

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2009

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2009

The Cabernet Merlot blend takes inspiration from the classic red wines of Bordeaux. Cape Mentelle has developed an international reputation for outstanding Bordeaux varietal and blended wines which are perfectly suited to the climate and soils of Margaret River. This blend seeks to capture the depth and structure of cabernet with the dark fruit and plush flavours of merlot, which when blended create a well- rounded, full and rich style.

Appearance
Deep red with crimson hues.
Nose
An array of varietal expression beginning with wild berries, violets, fresh tobacco and couverture.
Palate
Medium to full bodied, the wine exhibits a clarity of fruit with vibrant blackcurrants and mulberry combining with subtle chocolate and cedar. The palate is classically structured with firm, savoury tannins leading to a long, rich and bright finish.
Blend
60% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 8% cabernet franc, 6% petit verdot.
Cellaring
Drink now to 2024.
Food Pairing Notes
Herb crusted rack of spring lamb, with roasted root vegetables and kipfl er potatoes.
The Vineyard
The majority of the cabernet sauvignon and merlot for this blend was harvested from our Trinders and Wallcliffe vineyards. Smaller amounts of fruit came from a number of long term growers, mostly located in the Wallcliffe and Karridale sub-regions within the Margaret River appellation. The majority of these vineyard soils are derived from decomposed granite and consist of a gravelly loam over a deep clay subsoil. All vines are vertically shoot positioned and managed to ensure balanced growth during the season.
The Season
A cool, wet and windy spring extended into the flowering period around November, setting up the season for low yields in all varieties. The sun came out on cue in December and perfect ripening conditions continued through to harvest, interrupted only by a spot of rain at the start of March - enough to give the vines a drink and see all varieties harvested in optimal condition.
Winemaking
After the fruit was destemmed and berry sorted, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 40 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed, with harder pressings kept aside. The individual parcels are racked to oak following pressing for malolactic fermentation. Regular rackings over an 18 month period ensure the individual wines are at their best prior to blending. The wines are matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 25% are new with the balance being one year old. The final blend was completed in November 2010 and bottled in February 2011.
Analysis
14% alcohol, 6.1g/l total acidity, 3.56 pH.

Australian Wine Companion 2013

James Halliday
96

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.

Good Wine Guide 2012

Nick Stock
95

Phew! This is in sensational form in 2009, showing a class and power that stands out from the pack. The nose delivers dark, ripe cherry, cassis and juniper aromas, leafy sweet herbs, cedary oak, mocha, juniper and dark, stony minerals. The palate’s superbly cut, tannins are strong yet immaculately fine, with really layered dark-berry and chocolate flavours. Bright to the very end, it over delivers in a very big way!

The Wine Front

Campbell Mattinson
94

It’s a cedary, tobaccoey cabernet with notes of earth and gravel and pencil. It’s ripe and curranty but not overly so, finely structured, elegant and yet powerful. I kept trying to pick a hole in it but I couldn’t. In the end I screwed the top back on and packed the bottle for dinner. A genuine compliment. The wine is a winner.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2012

Ray Jordan
94

You will fall in love with this classic blend from the first sniff it is largely cabernet and merlot but a small amount of cabernet franc and petit verdot completes the wine. Elegant and stylish with a wonderfully expressive palate. Long and angular but with excellent flesh filling it out. Dense and vibrant and so alive on the palate.

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