There's an artful elegance,
layered depth and precise focus
about Cape Mentelle's wine”
Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF