There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
 

Marmaduke

‘Marmaduke’ is names after Marmaduke Terry, one of the first settlers of the Margaret River region at the turn of the century. He surveyed vast tracts of the hinterland of Western Australia and farmed with his family at Wallcliffe, on the banks of the Margaret River

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Vintage
2009
Type
Red

Marmaduke Shiraz 2009

Marmaduke Shiraz 2009

Marmaduke is a Shiraz sourced exclusively from Margaret River. The aim is to produce a fruit forward, soft and spicy red wine, which exhibits the regional expression of Margaret River and varietal intensity of shiraz. Rich juicy berries with pepper and spice are the hallmark characteristics of this wine.

Appearance
Dark red with crimson hues.
Nose
A core of blueberry and red cherry greets the nose with clove and fresh liquorice. Hints of vanilla pod, lavender and ground white pepper provide further complexity.
Palate
Dense and dark blueberry with mocha and star anise. The concentrated fruit has a line of earthiness and is carried well with balanced savoury tannins and a long bright finish.
Blend
97% shiraz, 3% mataro.
Cellaring
Drink now to 2019.
Food Pairing Notes
Slow-braised oxtail with chestnuts, nameko mushrooms and black truffle.
The Vineyard
The majority of the shiraz was grown on Cape Mentelle estate vineyards located in the Wallcliffe and Karridale subregions, within the Margaret River appellation. The majority of these vineyard soils are derived from decomposed granite and consist of a gravelly loam over a deep clay subsoil. All vines are vertically shoot positioned and managed to ensure balanced growth during the season.
The Season
A wet winter and warm spring encouraged uniform growth in all varieties. An ideal flowering period marked the beginning of a long, dry spell lasting until mid-February. The harvest for red varietals was ideal with finished wines defi ned by excellent tannin structure and length. The vintage is sure to be amongst the greatest vintages for red wines in Margaret River.
Winemaking
Fruit was harvested by both hand and machine. Fermentation took place in a combination of open and static stainless steel fermenters. The ferments were managed with a combination of plunging and pump overs. All batches were basket pressed and transferred to large oak vats for malolactic fermentation. The wine was matured for 18 months mostly in large oak before being blended and bottled in January 2011.
Analysis
14% alcohol, 6 g/l total acidity, 3.67 pH.

Australian Wine Companion 2012

James Halliday
91

Wine Taste Weekly

Tyson Stelzer
94

Rob Mann has streamlined Marmaduke from the all-terrain blends of the past to a high-performance dragster. Powered by juicy black cherries and blackberries, kept on the road by firm, fine, peppery tannins, tuned by a briliant vintage, this thing outdrives every Marmaduke to date.

West Australian

Ray Jordan
91

Loaded to the gunwales with all manner of goodies. The nose is a mix of dark plum, mocha and chocolate with a spicy vanillin edge. The palate is dense and rich with a beautiful texture and flavour profile. There are nice floral touches with mocha and coffee flavours.

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