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 2014

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2014
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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.

Perfumed candied violets, cloves and black currant, with an inviting meaty note and hints of cocoa.
Medium to full bodied with sweet ripe fruits of mulberry, plums and currants. The structure is fine with cocoa powder soft tannins providing great length and intensity of flavour balanced by a subtle mix of roasted spices.
64% Cabernet Sauvignon. 29% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.
Enjoy now or cellar 10-15 years.
Food Pairing Notes
Maple syrup glazed ham; Moroccan spit-roasted lamb; salted caramel mud cake.
The Vineyard
A blend of varietals and vineyards with the majority of fruit produced on Cape Mentelle managed properties including the Estate, 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 the cabernets are cane pruned and vertically shoot positioned and managed to ensure balanced growth during the season.
The Season
Margaret River experienced amongst the warmest vintage on record and on a par with the very warm 2011 vintage. White varieties were all harvested in a rush and look fantastic with the fruit all in the winery by the end of February. The red varieties enjoyed a long warm ripening season that ensured beautiful mature tannins and bright varietal fruit flavors. Another great vintage for Margaret River.
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 13% were new.
14.0% alcohol, 5.5 g/l total acidity, 3.61 pH.

The Wine Front

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