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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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Vintage
2013
Type
Red

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2013

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2013
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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
Perfumed violets and black currant, plum skin, dutch cocao and rosemary
Palate
Medium to full bodied with sweet ripe fruits of mulberry, plums and currants. The structure is fine with grapey soft tannins providing great length and intensity of flavour balanced by a subtle mix of roasted spices.
Blend
62% Cabernet Sauvignon. 32% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
Cellaring
30 years
Food Pairing Notes
American style slow cooked and smoked beef ribs with coleslaw and pickled vegetables.
The Vineyard
A blend of varietals and vineyards withthe majority of fruit produced on Cape Mentelle managed properties including the Estate, Kyella, Chapman Brook and Crossroads vineyards along with selected growers, 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 lead up to harvest experienced a wild, cool and windy November which interrupted owering and fruit set and ultimately resulted in the lowest yields for a decade. The summer leading into the 2013 vintage recorded temperatures well above average with perfect ripening conditions with white fruit harvested quickly and early in February ting from a cool and mild March allowing extended ripening and full tannin maturity. Another great vintage for Margaret River.
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.
Analysis
13.5% alcohol, 5.8 g/l total acidity, 3.53pH.

The Wine front August 2014

Campbell Mattinson
92

The first time I ever bought Trinders was off the back of a Ralph Kyte-Powell review. Would have been the late 1990s, by memory. Remarkable how you can (usually) remember the review(er) that that landed the wine in your cellar. This is a good, fresh, well-balanced red without being anything spectacular. It’s one of those wines that will end up ageing well on the back of its just-right sense of proportion. It tastes of mulberry, bay leaves, blackcurrant and cloves. It’s straight-forward, medium-weight, carries a firm-ish swagger of tannin and a tickle of acid. Fresh fruit makes it good to drink now but it will be better again once it’s mellowed out some.

Australian Wine Companion

James Halliday
93

It will age well because it's so well balanced. It's not about key features; it's about proportion. It presents an array of fresh berried flavours with bay leaf and clove complexity completing the picture. Appropriate levels of firm tannin and acidity mark this as a wine with a sound, steady future.

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