There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
 

Chardonnay

An elegant and complex chardonnay with flavours of grapefruit, lime and gingerbread on a long fine palate with subtle mineral hints. Traditional winemaking techniques including hand picking and barrel fermentation produce a wine of great pedigree with outstanding balance and refinement.

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Vintage
2007
Type
White

Chardonnay 2007

Chardonnay 2007

Margaret River has established an international reputation for high quality chardonnay. The Cape Mentelle style draws inspiration from traditional methods to produce a wine displaying aromatic complexity and a fine, textured palate with a long, clean finish.

Appearance
Pale straw.
Nose
White peach, nashi pear and quince greet the nose with fresh brioche and toasted hazelnuts providing delicate complexity.
Palate
Grapefruit, lime and pear provides the crest of a well textured and long creamy palate. Underlying savoury hazelnuts gives the palate poise and complexity. Balanced natural acidity creates a finely structured wine with a long, minerally finish.
Blend
100% Chardonnay.
Cellaring
Enjoy now to 2015.
Food Pairing Notes
Whole marron (freshwater crayfish) with crustacean bavois and ruby grapefruit segments.
The Vineyard
The fruit for Cape Mentelle Chardonnay is sourced principally from the wineries Chapman Brook vineyard located in the cooler southern half of the Margaret River wine region. Most of the Chardonnay is cane-pruned and vertical shoot positioned. The majority of these vineyards are planted to the Mendoza (GinGin) clone of chardonnay, which has proven to be particularly successful in the Margaret River region.
The Season
2007 was one of the earliest recorded vintages in Margaret River. The season was marked by a warm dry growing season, which combined with excellent vine health, produced full flavoured, concentrated white wines with great aromatic intensity and fresh, lively palates.
Winemaking
Hand-picked bunches were elevated into the press. The following day the juice was racked into Burgundy coopered French oak barriques, of which approximately one third were new. Fermentation proceeded by both natural and selected yeast strains. The wine matured in barrel for nine months, during which battonage and topping was carried out weekly. Batches were individually assessed and those meeting the requisite standard were blended in December. The wine was bottled in January 2008, after bentonite fining and cold stabilisation.
Analysis
13% alcohol, 6.7 g/l total acidity, 3.29 pH.

Australian Wine Annual 2009

Jeremy Oliver
95

A stylish and contemporary chardonnay...Excellent balance and focus.

West Australian

Ray Jordan
93

This has it all...Very classy wine.

The Age

Ralph Kyte-Powell

Nectarine, melon and citrus aromas of good intensity and richness are enhanced by the complexing effect of balanced quality oak.

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