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.
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.
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.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF