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.

Vintage Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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.

Dark red.
Classic blackcurrant, bay leaf and tar amidst hints of lavender bush, elderflower and black mulberries.
Finely textured, full flavoured and abundant with blackcurrants, hints of cocoa and graphite. The finish is tight and minerally with long and harmonious tannins.
96% cabernet sauvignon, 4% merlot.
Drink now to 2028.
Food Pairing Notes
Mustard seed crusted lamb rack on du Puy lentils.
The Vineyard
Cape Mentelle’s Estate Vineyard was planted in 1970 and 1972 on a ridge of free draining, lateritic gravel on an east west row orientation to minimise to affects of strong westerly sea breezes. For over 30 years the best parcels of cabernet have been carefully managed to produce grapes with full concentrated flavour and with a firm yet fine tannin profile. The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted berry by berry to ensure the best possible expression of fruit character and structure each year.
The Season
A wet winter and warm spring encouraged uniform growth in all varieties. An ideal flowering period marked the beginning of a long dry spell lasting until mid-February. The harvest for red varietals was ideal with finished wines defined by excellent tannin structure and length. The vintage is sure to be amongst the greatest vintages for red wines in Margaret River.
The hand picked fruit underwent berry sorting and destemming followed by light crushing. Individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 40 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed with harder pressings kept aside. Following pressing individual parcels were racked to oak for malolactic fermentation. Regular rackings over an 18 month period ensure the individual wines are at their best prior to blending. The wines are matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 40% are new with the balance being one year old. The final blend was completed in November 2009 and bottled in February 2010.
13.5% alcohol, 6.3g/l total acidity, 3.49 pH.

Australian Wine Companion 2012

James Halliday

A restrained and elegant wine, with red fruits, cedar and a suggestion of violets the central theme; elegant, tightlywoundandunevolvedonthepalate,showingaslipperytexture; thefinishrevealsthewine’struedepthof personality with structure in complete harmony with the fruit.

Courrier Mail

Mike Frost

This rich and powerful Margaret River red shows blackcurrant, mulberry and bay leaf characters with some floral notes on the nose, blackcurrant and chocolate on the palate, along with long, fine, firm tannins on the finish.

Wine Taste Weekly

Tyson Stelzer

We’ve all been waiting with bated breath, for just what Rob Mann is capable of in Margaret River. Here it is, his third vintage, the season from the gods, every single berry individually selected, in slick new livery. A classical but low yielding year has produced gravelly, graphite-like tannins of Bordeaux classed-growth proportions, promising longevity to match. Seamless black- and redcurrants, cedar, tobacco, dark chocolate, coffee bean and cocoa never deviate from medium-bodied aspirations, while subtly, accurately capturing the concentration and precision of the season.

The Wine Front Weekend

Gary Walsh

All class. Redcurrant and blackcurrant, subtle choc-vanilla oak and a bay leaf perfume. It’s medium weight, lively and fresh with finely etched pixelated tannin and impressive flow and length. A second day’s tasting revealed more complex, savoury earthy mineral flavours. It seems to have been picked just on the cusp of perfect ripeness to balance flavour with freshness. And I’m on the cusp too, caught between a 95 and 96 point rating, although that’s not an uncomfortable situation in which to find oneself. I’d imagine it will cellar for a very long time.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2012

Ray Jordan

This is a great cabernet that perfectly captures the essence of the excellent vintage, the character of the vineyard and the distinctive style of Margaret River. Dusty oak and black olive characters on the nose. The palate is perfectly poised with fine firm tannins, silky fine grained oak and fruit of extraordinary intensity and finesse. This is a wine that sits comfortably in the highest echelon of Australian cabernets.

The Australian Wine Annual 2012

Jeremy Oliver

Youthful, rather closed and brooding, with a deep, cedary, dark-fruited bouquet presently rather impenetrable in its youth, but slowly revealing notes of dark chocolate with red and black fruits. Long and sumptuous, it’s firm, drying and grainy, delivering deep, profound and classic cabernet characters of cassis, mulberries, dark cherries tightly knit with faintly smoky, chocolate/cedar oak. Exceptionally long and complete.

Good Wine Guide 2012 The Age, Sydney Morning Herald

Nick Stock



This 2008 Cape Mentelle cabernet shows impressive poise from the outset, with a swathe of ripe, bright cassis and cherry fruit on offer. There’s a wealth of ripe, dark roasting herbs here too, fresh-laid concrete, wet earthy aromas and beautifully integrated French oak. The palate carries such impeccable balance as to appear effortless and airy; flavours are in the dark-cherry and cassis spectrum, with some hazelnut oak flavour layered through the latter stages, Tannins sweep in layers and build creeping length and intensity through the finish. Superb world-class cabernet.

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