There's an artful elegance,
layered depth and precise focus
about Cape Mentelle's wine”
Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
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.
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.
The classic, age-worthy Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon, with its beautiful fragrance, purity of fruit, structure and vitality, has played a significant part in shaping Margaret River’s premium wine image.
The Cape Mentelle cabernets just get better each year. This one is right in there with the best of them. The 2010 was outstanding, but this brings a greater depth and fruit concentration into the palate while retaining that beautifully elegant design which has become a feature of these wines. Dusty powdery tannins, medium-weight concentrated fruit and such beautiful oak treatment. Takes cabernet to an art form.
For the warmest vintage in a decade in Margaret River, it retains impeccably vibrancy and unwavering poise amidst considerable power and solid, generous concentration. Firm, fine tannins propel an enduring finish, promising great longevity. [...] It works, defining delightful violet fragrance over a core of blackcurrant fruit and coffee bean oak.
White Knight, nori, blackcurrant, mulberry and mocha – fragrant and regional. It’s medium bodied but shows lovely shape and control though the mouth – tannin work is spot on here – as is the length and freshness. Sitting on the cusp of under and over ripe, though I’m not on the fence here – I’m emphatic – here’s a stylish and superbly age-worthy Margaret River Cabernet you can trust. Yet another fine release you’ve got me into Cape Mentelle.
Very stylish and artfully balanced, with alluring aromas of cassis, mulberries, dark cherries and cedar/chocolate/vanilla oak backed by dusty nuances of forest floor. Long and extremely elegant, it’s finely crafted and rather disciplined, with a pure, pristine and deeply layered presence of small berries, plums and cherries, knit with fine-grained new oak and a firm, gravelly spine. It finishes with excellent length, a measured persistence and slatey minerality.
A rich, confident and darkly fruited wine that has brambly foresty notes, dark roasting herbs and a savory note of freshly cast concrete, nicely augmented by creamy, spicy oak. The palate’s packed with dark cabernet fruit. The tannins are bold and sweeping, written with a thicker line weight than more Northerly Margaret River cabernet wines. Drink in 2018.
Bright purple-crimson; the fragrant red and black berry bouquet leads into a complex, medium- to full-bodied palate; here cassis, black olive and a hint of tar melt with French oak and cabernet tannins standing guard to protect a long life.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF