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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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2012
Type
Red

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2012

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2012
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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 crimson with purple hues.
Nose
Fresh blackcurrant, plum skin, violets, couverture, wild thyme and rolled tobacco.
Palate
Medium to full bodied with sweet ripe fruits of currants and plums with wild herbs and violets. The structure is firm yet velvety providing great length and intensity of flavour.
Blend
63% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 5% petit verdot, 2% cabernet franc
Cellaring
Drink now to 2032.
Food Pairing Notes
Barbequed butterflied shoulder of lamb.
The Vineyard
A blend of varietals and vineyards with the majority of fruit produced on Cape Mentelle managed properties including the Estate, Kyella, Chapman Brook and Crossroads Vineyard. 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 cane pruned and vertically shoot positioned and managed to ensure balanced growth during the season.
The Season
The 2012 vintage was noted by above average summer temperatures and average rainfall. What resulted was a steady ripening period leading up to a hot January and an early start to the harvest. Mild temperatures throughout February and March ensured fruit was harvested in perfect conditions and completed by early April prior to heavy late April rains.
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 matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 20% were new.
Analysis
13.5% alcohol, 6 g/l total acidity, 3.62 pH.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2014

Ray Jordan
94

One of my favourite cabernet merlot blends. This one is showing classical lines of cigar box and leafy black fruits. Such a supple palate, yet one with tremendous depth and fruit intensity. Fine powdery tannins and nicely weighted oak balance the fruit perfectly. A very classy wine.

The Wine Front

Gary Walsh
93

Perfume of bay leaf and gum leaf, nori, cocoa, mulberry, raspberry and blackcurrant. Medium bodied, fresh and vibrant, fine grained tannin with well etched acidity. Flavour? Not too much, nor too little. “Balance is my business”, says Trinders. Length good too. Textbook. Drinking well now and over the next ten or so years.

Australian Wine Companion

James Halliday
93

Fragrant rose petal notes, crunchy blackcurrants, lively, precocious redcurrants and energetic acidity belie a warm, early season. Slightly raw tannins promise good things in time from this seamlessly assembled blend of 63/30/5/2% cabernet sauvignon/merlot/petit verdot/cabernet franc matured for 14 months in 20% new French oak.

Decanter

Decanter
94

From a pioneering Margaret River producer, this has immediate appeal as well as a capacity to age. Black cherry and red fruits meld with herbs and gravelly notes and the oak is spiced and integrated. The palate starts elegant and smooth, before surging with assertive yet supple tannic drive. Lots of flesh on the bones; a lovely wine.

Decanter - Australia's best reds

Nick Stock
94

From a pionnering Margaret River producer, this has immediate appeal as well as a capacity to age. Black cherry and red fruits meld with herbs and gravelly notes and the oak is spiced and integrated. The palate starts elegant and smooth, before surging with assertive yet supple tannic drive. Lots of flesh on the bones; a lovely wine. Drink 2017-2027.

Fraser Coast Chronicle

Peter Chapman
94

RICHLY textured wine with blackcurrant, liqueur cherry and hints of sweet vanilla. Savoury, dusty oak provides depth and structure. Buy three, drink one now and enjoy and put two in the cellar.

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