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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Vintage
2010
Type
Red

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2010

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2010

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
Bright, deep ruby red.
Nose
Redcurrants and mulberries complemented by hints of aniseed, tobacco and plum skins.
Palate
A vibrant, fruit-driven wine with distinct blackcurrant and satsuma plums plus a touch of lavender, leading to a medium to full bodied palate with soft and elegant tannins. A satisfying gravelly structure balances the fresh fruit characters to provide length and complexity.
Blend
44% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 7% cabernet franc, 6% petit verdot, 1% malbec.
Cellaring
Drink now to 2030.
Food Pairing Notes
Grilled pork and fennel sausages served with roasted beetroot, garlic and thyme.
The Vineyard
A blend of varietals with fruit produced from various Cape Mentelle managed vineyards. The majority of these 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
The 2010 harvest in Margaret River continues a run of excellent vintages, again marked by a very dry and mild summer. The only signifi cant rainfall for the vintage period was not until mid-April ensuring an excellent ripening period with fruit retaining pristine varietal fl avours with great concentration and intensity.
Winemaking
After the fruit was destemmed and berry sorted, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 30 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed, with harder pressings kept aside. The individual parcels were racked to oak following pressing for malolactic fermentation. Regular rackings over a 14 month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 20% were new. The fi nal blend was completed in September 2011 and bottled in October 2011.
Analysis
13.5% alcohol, 5.9g/l total acidity, 3.49 pH.

West Australian

Ray Jordan
96

Here’s a red blend that is so exquisitely balanced and presented you just can’t help yourself but pour another glass. One of the very best under this label. Wild fruit on the nose with a lush mix of plum plummy fruit and a little sage bush edge. The palate seamlessly constructed with an effortless easy finish. The tannin structure and oak integration are features. A most polished and stylish wine.

Sunday Time Magazine

David Prestipino
93

“Inspired by the classic Bordeaux blend : 60 per cent cabernet, 26 per cent merlot and a splash of cabernet franc and petit verdot. Well-rounded and firm structure.”structure that promises to see out a decade.

The Australian Wine Annual 2013

Jeremy Oliver
92

Very polished, elegant and stylish, with a vibrant, floral and earthy bouquet of cassis, dusty cedary oak, dark cherries and mint. It’s long and persistent, with juicy flavours of fresh small black and red berries knit with smoky cedary oak and supported by firmish, loose-knit tannins, finishing with a lingering core of fruit and mouth-watering acids.

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