There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
 

Cabernet Sauvignon

This is the ultimate expression of a single vineyard site crafted from the mature, low yielding vines of our Estate Vineyard. This opulent cabernet has the complexity, intensity and elegance to benefit from extended cellaring.

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Vintage
2004
Type
Red

Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Cape Mentelle has a rich history of exceptional quality and consistency with Cabernet Sauvignon from a pioneering producer in Margaret River in the early 1970's to a benchmark producer today. A single vineyard wine with the style evolving over time, the aim always to define a wine displaying classic varietal character and opulence, strong regional identity and with the structure and fruit intensity to improve with extended cellaring.

Appearance
Deep garnet.
Nose
Rich blackcurrant and mulberry fruit with hints of sweet paprika, lavender, dark chocolate and subtle vanillin oak.
Palate
he wine is full-bodied with rich, bold fruit flavours including black cherry and currants, dried tobacco and a slightly mocha oak influence. The rich texture is balanced by smooth, savoury tannins and a bright, fresh and cool finish.
Blend
Cabernet sauvignon 96%, cabernet franc 2%, petit verdot 1%, merlot 1%.
Cellaring
Will reward cellaring until at least 2020.
Food Pairing Notes
Roast a rack of grass fed, prime Angus beef in a wood fired oven to medium rare and serve with roasted root vegetables and a red wine jus.
The Vineyard
Sourced from the Estate Vineyard blocks of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc planted in 1970 with a small portion of petit verdot and merlot from the neighbouring McHenry’s Vineyard. The soils of these vineyards are predominantly deep, sandy, well drained loams with high lateritic gravel content over clay. All vines are vertically shoot positioned, shoot thinned and leaf plucked where required to produce the optimum fruit exposure, flavour, vine health and tannin development.
The Season
2004 was a great vintage for red wines in Margaret River. A long, warm and dry summer produced moderate yields with healthy canopies. The fruit ripened fully with rich tannins and great depth producing some of the best cabernet grapes in recent years.
Winemaking
he fruit from each block was hand harvested in individual parcels, destemmed at the winery and delivered to both open and static stainless steel fermenters. The fermentation is managed with a combination of plunging and pump overs with maceration on skins lasting up to four weeks. Following basket pressing the parcels are matured in 100% French oak from selected Bordeaux coopers for 18 months (70% new oak) prior to blending, fining and bottling. The wine then spends a further 30 months in bottle at the winery prior to release some four years after harvest.
Analysis
14.5% alcohol, 6.8 g/L total acidity, 3.47 pH.

West Australian

Ray Jordan
95

A wine that just oozes classic cabernet. Powerful black currant dusty minerally palate strikes a great balance between fruit and oak. It’s firm yet there is generosity in the middle. Controlled and focused with immense length and mid- palate weight. Great wine.

The Australian Wine Companion

James Halliday
94

A delicious wine, flowing harmoniously across the tongue, yet with the structure expected of cabernet; the vibrant cassis and blackcurrant fruit produces the magic.

Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine

Ken Gargett
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[In Margaret River] The wines have an elegance matched by underlying power and finish with gravelly tannins. The fruit can be gloriously lush.

The Age

Ralph Kyte-Powell

Cape Mentelle Margaret River’s cabernet is made from 38 years old vines, among the region oldest. The 2004 vintage shows archetypal regional personality. The nose of dark chocolate, blackcurrant, cedar and spice has some slightly wild, meaty notes thrown in. It combines great texture and concentration with elegance, finishing with fine-grained, chalky tannins.

Wine Front

Gary Walsh
93

It opens up meaty with some charry reduction but given a good splash round up comes essence of dark fruit, raisins embedded in dark chocolate and a touch of mint. It has great power and drive on the palate and even though it’s fruit profile is essentially dark and brooding (with flecks of green) there are some red fruit notes breaking through and it’s also surprisingly fresh and lively. Structurally first rate with firm but beautifully ripe tannins and excellent length of flavour with a savoury tobacco tinged aftertaste.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Greg Duncan Powell
a lot of Cabernet...

It’s a lot of money, but this is a lot of cabernet and will definitely reward cellaring. Elegant, tightly knit with savoury tannins, the attraction is as much about the texture as it is about the flavour. The aroma is just starting to develop and a couple of years will add more nuances.

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