There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015


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.

Vintage Notes

Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay 2011

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.

Pale straw with lime hues.
Abundant grapefruit, fresh lime and vanilla bean combine with marzipan and cordite.
Vibrant flavours of lemon curd, pears and citrus blossom persist and combine with a mealy, juicy, mineral acidity leading to a rich, long and complex finish.
100% chardonnay.
Drink now to 2021.
Food Pairing Notes
Fresh scallops pan seared in butter served with a lime emulsion and a sprinkling of flying fish roe.
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
The 2011 harvest in Margaret River was warm, dry, early and continues an excellent run of recent vintages. Warm nights in February led to very early ripening in chardonnay with harvest commencing earlier than any of the last 5 vintages. Bright acidity and abundant flavour are the result of a very good early vintage.
Hand-picked bunches were elevated into our membrane press and the resulting free-run juice was left to settle overnight. The following day the juice was racked into Burgundian 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 were carried out weekly. Batches were individually assessed and those meeting the requisite standard were blended in November. The wine was bottled in December 2011, after stabilisation in tank.
12.5% alcohol, 7.7 g/l total acidity, 3.15 pH.

Australian Wine Annual 2013

Jeremy Oliver

Tightly crafted and finely balanced, this opulent but tighly wound chardonnay delivers Grand Cru concentration and composition. It’s fragrant and smoky, with aromas of white peach, nectarine, grapefruit and fresh vanilla oak backed by suggestions of wax and wheatmeal, plus a hint of bubblegum. Long, smooth and unctuous, it’s explosively fruited, with a seamless presence of flavour underpinned by nuances of cashew and mineral, finishing focused, mineral and quite savoury with fresh, citrusy acids.

West Australian Wine Guide 2013

Ray Jordan

Beautifully elegant chardonnay displaying a complex grapefruit and mineral aroma with some slightly savoury, almost spicy, characters. The palate has a rich and lavish texture within its tight frame that is sustained with a fine minerally acid. Love the dry clean finish. Excellent wine.

Royal Melbourne Wine Show

October 2012

Category Chardonnay, Vintage 2011

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