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.

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Vintage
2010
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White

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010

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 with lime hues.
Nose
Freshly cut passionfruit, lime rind and wild blackberry feature with fragrant jasmine and sweet cinnamon quill.
Palate
Delicate yet full, the palate is distinctively lemon and lime with subtle star anise, lemongrass and clove. Richness and weight are balanced with fresh acidity, giving direction and finesse.
Blend
54% sauvignon blanc, 46% semillon.
Cellaring
Drink young and fresh.
Food Pairing Notes
Stir fried manna crab with ginger, bamboo and shallot.
The Vineyard
The lion’s share of the fruit came from the cooler southern half of the region including our Chapman Brook Vineyard. Various canopy management methods are used, with the objective being to maximise fruit flavour development. The typical soils of these vineyards are geologically ancient, free draining sandy loams with a high percentage of lateritic gravel.
The Season
The 2010 harvest in Margaret River continues a run of excellent vintages, again marked by a very dry and mild summer. The only significant rainfall for the vintage period was not until mid-April ensuring an excellent ripening period with fruit retaining pristine varietal flavours, great concentration and intensity.
Winemaking
When harvesting sauvignon blanc and semillon the emphasis is placed on capturing vibrant, fresh flavours with clean acidity. Fruit is generally machine harvested at night to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with around 15% of the blend fermented in a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak barriques. The wine was assembled after four months on lees and bottled in July 2010.
Analysis
13% alcohol, 6.7g/l total acidity, 3.18 pH.

Wine Taste

Tyson Stelzer
94

Maragret River SBS has come of age... A touch of barrel work (just a small percentage here) adds texture and seamlessness to tightly restrained grapefruit, lemon and guava flavours. Jaw-dropping.

Top 100 Wines

James Halliday
96

... Light straw-green, it has an extra measure of intensity and drive, with an array of flavours ranging from grassy pea pod to citrus, and ultimately a touch of tropical fruit; the length is a given, likewise the balance.

Western Australian Wine Guide 2011

Ray Jordan
94

This is a terrific example of this style. The nose has remarkable complexity for this style with minerally, gooseberry herbal mix of considerable intensity. The palate is textured and rich yet with that beautiful fine precision you seek with this style.

Good Wine Guide 2011

Nick Stock
92

Fresh in the new livery, this is every bit as great as you’ve come to expect, with plenty of bright tropical fruits, lemons and hints of nectarine; subtly grassy too. The palate
has a core of compact tropical and citrus fruit flavour, with a fine mineral thread and trademark showroom poise.

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