There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015


‘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

Vintage Notes

Marmaduke Shiraz 2012

Marmaduke Shiraz 2012

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.

Dark mulberry.
Ripe Satsuma plums, blueberrys, chinese five spice and pomegranate.
Bright and expressive fruits carry onto the palate with abundant plums, wild berries and a touch of black pepper. The texture is savoury and spicy with a touch of dusty tannins balancing the juicy plush fruit leading to a long and refreshing finish.
100% shiraz.
Drink now to 2022.
Food Pairing Notes
Italian pork sausage with spicy plum sauce partnered with a rocket, nectarine and roasted walnut salad.
The Vineyard
The majority of the shiraz was grown on Cape Mentelle’s Crossroads vineyard located south of the hamlet of Witchcliffe within the Margaret River appellation. The 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
The 2012 vintage was noted by above 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.
Fruit was harvested and berry sorted prior to fermentation 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 and subsequent maturation before being blended and bottled in August 2013.
13.5% alcohol, 5.8 g/l total acidity, 3.55 pH.

Wine Companion

James Halliday

Bright colour; a neatly presented portrait of southern Margaret River shiraz, with its cool grown red berry fruit flavours given well measured support from tannins and oak.

The Wine Front

Gary Walsh

Juicy mixed berry fruit, raspberry rope, pepper, lavender and aromatic dried herb stuff. Medium bodied, fleshy chalky tannin, bright fruit and a punchy finish of good length. For whatever reason, it has a sort of Spanish red wine character around it. Excellent. My kind of sub $20 red.

Money Magazine

Peter Forrestal

One of Margaret River’s pioneers, now under the ownership of LVMH and with chief winemaker Rob Mann at the helm, is making some of the most exciting wines in its history. This is the entry level red, a generously flavoured regional shiraz with ripe fleshy texture.

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