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
2009
Type
Red

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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
Dark, vibrant, ruby red.
Nose
A complex and inviting mix of couverture, rolled tobacco, blackcurrants, violets and wet slate.
Palate
A full bodied wine of great depth and integration, ripe fresh black fruits combined with many subtle flavours including plums, chocolate and aniseed. The oak influence is restrained yet supportive of the fruit flavours and together with the slatey fine tannins provides great length and integrity.
Blend
97% cabernet sauvignon, 3% merlot.
Cellaring
Drink now to 2029.
Food Pairing Notes
Margaret River Wagyu beef tepanyaki with shaved horseradish and sauteed shiitake mushrooms.
The Vineyard
Cape Mentelle’s Estate vineyard was first planted in 1970 and 1972 with additional plantings in 1988 on a ridge of free draining, lateritic gravel on an east west row orientation to minimise the 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 cool, wet and windy spring extended into the flowering period around November, setting up the season for low yields for all varieties. The sun came out on cue in December and perfect ripening conditions continued through harvest, interrupted only by a spot of rain at the start of March - enough to give the vines a drink and see all varieties harvested in optimal condition.
Winemaking
The hand picked fruit underwent destemming and berry sorting followed by light crushing. 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 an 18 month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 40% were new with the balance being one year old. The final blend was completed in October 2010 and bottled in November 2010.
Analysis
13.5% alcohol, 6.1g/l total acidity, 3.57 pH.

West Australian

Ray Jordan
98

Another stunning cabernet from Mann. A tough call following 2008 and yet this is giving it a real nudge. Vibrant, bright colour in the glass. Opens with a mix of tobacco leaf and blackcurrant lifted with the exotic perfume of violets. When you get to the palate this is where it really starts to rock, with the wild mix of flavours supported by fine tannins and oak. It’s efortless and all style. Ranks with the finest from this great estate.

Wine Taste

Tyson Stelzer
98

There is an understated effortlessness about this wine that will, time permitting, define it among the greatest Cape Mentelles of all. Every molecule of complexity and detail have been intricately assembled, with each nuance of young Margaret River cabernet character methodically ticked off, yet it upholds an astonishing approachability and an alcohol reading of just 13.5%. Fine, textural, gravelly tannins are impeccably poised and the length is mind- blowing. This is one of the top six Australian wines I have tasted in the past year.

The Australian Wine Annual 2013

Jeremy Oliver
97

FINALIST FOR THE WINE OF THE YEAR

A majestic, polished and very sophisticated cabemet of wor1d standing. Deep aromas of violets, cassis, blueberries .and darkchocolate/cedary oak reveal smoky under tones of peat and graphite plus a whiff of musk and vanilla. Very dark and perfectly ripened,  it's long and mineral, perfectly knit with assertive fine-grained oak and framed by very fine, polished and loose-knit tannins. There's a faint suggestionof dried herbs throughout the palate, but its ripeness is exemplary. Remarkably balanced and stable.

Age

Ralph Kyte-Powell

THIS Margaret River flagship is like an essence of cabernet sauvignon with a nose of blackcurrants, briar, musky florals and mint, backed by stylish cedary oak. The middleweight palate has superb balance, ultra-fine tannins and fragrant aftertaste. Reds usually showcase shiraz but regional cabernet can be impressive, too.

Australian Wine Companion 2013

James Halliday
95

A classic bouquet of redcurrant, black currant, cedar, olive and finely turned French oak; medium-bodied and certainly noblockbuster, the palate is elegantlytextured, silky and fine, building to a real crescendo of flavour; long, elegant and harmonious.

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