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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF