There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
 

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

The vibrant and aromatic blend produces a fresh, distinctive wine that accentuates the unique character of both varieties. Meticulous winemaking preserves the remarkable intensity of fruit flavour and provides the structure, weight and texture that characterise the Cape Mentelle style.

Vintage Notes
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
Vintage
2006
Type
White

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2006

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2006

Cape Mentelle takes a minimal approach towards this classic Margaret River blend. The aim is to preserve as much fruit intensity and regional character as possible, whilst providing a full flavoured distinctive white wine. The style accentuates the fresh fruit characters of both varieties with the added complexity and palate weight offered by a small portion of barrel fermentation.

Appearance
Pale straw.
Nose
Vibrant aromas of citrus blossom, passionfruit and lemon thyme are enhanced by a chalky mineral hint and a trace of fresh herbs.
Palate
The palate opens with delicate floral characters emerging into a coiled and textural mid-palate displaying crisp white melon, gooseberries and lemon zest. It finishes with a purity of fruit and a persistance that echoes its intense, focused palate.
Blend
60% sauvignon blanc, 40% semillon
Cellaring
Drink young and fresh.
Food Pairing Notes
clean fresh flavours such as Citrus flavours & garnishes, Freshwater crayfish, crab, Fresh fish eg kingfish or snapper, Thai fish cakes, grilled sardines, Calamari with lime aioli, Tempura prawns, Green Papaya salad ,Goats cheese.
The Vineyard
Sauvignon blanc and semillon are sourced from a number of vineyards, the majority from the cooler southern half of the Margaret River region which includes Cape Mentelle's own Estate and Chapman Brook Vineyards. Canopy management is critical, the most favoured technique being vertical shoot positioning combined with leaf removal to improve sunlight exposure, enhance fruit flavour development and provide a balanced leaf to fruit ratio for even ripening. Irrigation is used judiciously to maintain balanced vine growth and a steady ripening. The soils of these vineyards are geologically ancient, free draining sandy loams with a high percentage of lateritic gravel. The soils are often associated with the growth of strong stands of Marri trees (Western Australian Red Gums) and provide the best medium to produce strongly flavoured distinctive wines across a number of varieties and styles.
The Season
2006 was a challenging vintage in Margaret River for many reasons. In general it was very cool with a late budburst and restricted early shoot growth due to a cool and dry 2005 spring. Warm weather arrived in November promoting accelerated shoot growth producing strong healthy canopies with moderate crops. The summer months were unusually mild with occasional light rain. The mild conditions resulted in a harvest delayed by up to four weeks across all varieties, the latest vintage recorded in the regions forty years of viticulture. Excellent acid retention and vibrant fresh fruit flavours are the result of this late season.
Winemaking
The fruit is destemmed and transfered through a must chiller to a tank press. The juice is gently expressed from the skins with a yield of only 600 litres/tonne at 10°C, with the other 100 litres/tonne kept separate from the free run juice. The juice is racked off gross lees after three days and fermented at 14°C in stainless steel tanks with 8% of the blend fermented in new French and American oak barriques and left on lees for 12 weeks. The wine is assembled after three months, lightly fined and filtered. Bottling took place in August 2006 under a screw cap closure to ensure freshness is maintained. The final blend comprises 60% sauvignon blanc and 40% semillon. This minimal approach towards the classic Margaret River blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon is aimed at preserving as much fruit intensity and regional character as possible, while providing a full flavoured distinctive white wine in the style that Cape Mentelle has become renowned.
Analysis
13%v/v Alc, 6.4g/L acid, pH 3.30
 
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