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.
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.
Predominantly from the estate vineyard, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, barrel-fermented in French barriques (one-third new), part wild, part cultured, yeast-fermented, matured for 9 months with weekly battonage. Gleaming straw-green; a super-elegant, yet extremely complex, wine, with pink grapefruit to the fore, balanced in both texture and flavour by buttery brioche.
Very restrained, subtle and finely crafted, with a delicate bouquet of peach, pear and pineapple aromas, creamy, nutty vanilla oak and restrained nuances of apple, cloves and cinnamon. It's smooth and polished, with a seamless, sweetly oaked presence of stonefruit, melon and faintly tropical flavour extending long and persistent, building intensity of flavour towards a tightly focused finish of brisk, lemony acidity.
If you’re cruising the aisles of a bottle shop and feel a little flustered, Cape Mentelle is invariably a safe bet. I’ve not done that for a while, though I hear Mattinson has been out doing a bit of cruising recently. Light spice, lime, ginger and almond. Bright, tangy, light gloss, touch of flint and light pineapple flavour with a little vanilla in the mix. Clean dry flinty finish. Very nice. Typical of the modern Cape Mentelle style. Give it a year or so before drinking, as it’s released too early.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF