"The wines made here reflect their origins and regionality

and are consistently among the finest from the region.

The cabernet reaches exceptional heights”

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2017
 

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
2011
2012
Type
Red

Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum 2012

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.

Nose
Deep complex and intense black currant, rolled tobacco, violets, wet slate, dutch cocao, iodine and wild thyme
Palate
Powerful and intense with a deep concentrated marriage of fruit flavours including red and black currants, liquorice and courveture. The characteristic fine yet firm structural tannins frame the fruit perfectly and carry the flavours and balance the mineral elements from the vineyard to provide an incredibly long and classically structured finish.
Blend
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Cellaring
30 years +
Food Pairing Notes
Roasted rack of lamb, parsnips, carrots and rosemary served on Paris mash with a Cabernet jus.
The Vineyard
Cape Mentelles 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 effects 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
The 2012 vintage was noted by above average summer temperatures and average rainfall. What resulted was a steady ripening period leading up to a hot January and an early start to the harvest. Mild temperatures throughout February and March ensured fruit harvested in perfect condition and completed by early April prior to heavy late April rains.
Winemaking
The handpicked 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 are at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 50% were new with the balance being one year old. The final blend was completed in October 2013 and bottled in November 2013.
 
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