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.

Vintage Notes

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2011

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2011

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.

Bright crimson.
A fragrant mix of mulberries, blackcurrant and plum skins combined with subtle tobacco and chocolate.
Bright juicy fruits of redcurrants and ripe plums with some graphite minerality balancing the soft, rich and lively palate. The structure is rich and plush with velvety fine tannins and a long fruit driven finish.
63% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 7% petit verdot, 5% cabernet franc.
Drink now to 2031.
Food Pairing Notes
24 hour slow cooked jerked shoulder of pork.
The Vineyard
A blend of varietals with fruit produced from various Cape Mentelle managed vineyards within the Margaret River region. The majority of these soils are derived from decomposed granite and consist of a gravelly loam over a deep clay subsoil. All vines are cane pruned and vertically shoot positioned and managed to ensure balanced growth during the season.
The Season
The 2011 harvest in Margaret River was warm, dry and early and continues an excellent run of recent vintages. Warm nights and above average daily temperatures throughout the growing season led to very early ripening across all varieties with harvest commencing earlier than any of the last 5 vintages. Ripe and velvety tannins with abundant fruit fl avour are the result of this outstanding vintage.
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.
13.5% alcohol, 6.2g/l total acidity, 3.52 pH.

Wine Taste

Tyson Stelzer

The evidence for the stature of 2011 at Cape Mentelle is mounting, and this wine perfectly straddles the fence between generous fruit expression and enduring, graphite-like tannin texture. From the outset, it’s definitive Margaret River cabernet (with some merlot and dashes of cabernet franc and petit verdot). A bouquet of coffee bean, high cocoa dark chocolate and ground granite overlays a core of crunchy blackcurrants and generous cassis fruit. In classic Rob Mann manner, this is an unashamedly tannin-driven wine, delivering a particularly honed

Sunday Times (Perth)

David Prestipino

Elegantly perfumed, the fruit, acid and oak effortlessly intertwined, the tannins subtle but effective. Long, classy, impressive wine.

Australian Wine Companion 2014

James Halliday

A 63/25/7/5% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc fermented separately and spending up to 30 days in the fermenters, then spending 14 months in French barriques (20% new). A classy wine, the attention to detail rewarded by its bright redcurrant and cassis fruit supported by fine-grained tannins on the medium-bodied palate.

The Wine Front

Campbell Mattinson

It took me some time to come around to this release of Cape Mentelle Trinders. It’s not a loud wine; you need to slow down to appreciate it. It’s mostly cabernet sauvignon and merlot with cabernet franc (5 percent) and petit verdot (7 percent) rounding out the blend.
It needs some air but it then reveals an exquisitely pure line of blackcurrant and violet-like fragrance and flavour. I wondered whether it quite had enough oomph at first but I came to think it’s better described as quietly insistent. A shy extrovert, you could say. Tannin here is all of grapey, velvety and dry and oak provides a casing of smoky spiciness, but no more than that. Shannon Lush would admire how neat, clean and tidy this wine presents. Is there a graphite quality here? It’s suggested. You could rename this wine Cape Mentelle The Understatement Red. 

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