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

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011
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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.

Pale straw with lime green hues.
Punchy lifted aromatics of lemon blossom, blackcurrant and papaya with subtle hints of fresh thyme and cordite.
Medium to full flavoured with a fine texture. Limes, apples, lychee and honeydew melon characterise the fruit flavours which are framed by juicy acidity, providing great length of flavour.
51% sauvignon blanc, 49% semillon.
Drink young and fresh.
Food Pairing Notes
Freshly caught and grilled King George whiting served with a zesty tartare sauce and a fennel and pomegranate salad.
The Vineyard
The lion’s share of the fruit came from the cooler southern half of the region, including our Chapman Brook Vineyard along with our other estate and selected contract vineyards. 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 2011 harvest in Margaret River was warm, dry and early and continues an excellent run of recent vintages. Warm nights in February accelerated ripening and sauvignon blanc was harvested quickly in late February with abundant flavour and richness resulting in full flavoured wines with great texture and refreshing acidity.
When harvesting sauvignon blanc and semillon the emphasis is placed on capturing vibrant fresh flavours with clean acidity. Fruit is 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 Oak Barriques. The wine was assembled after four months on lees and bottled in July 2011.
13% alcohol, 6.5 g/l total acidity, 3.21 pH.

Australian Wine Companion 2013

James Halliday

Bright quartz-green; this is the unwooded version of Cape Mentelle’s sauvignon blanc semillon, but show the fruit intensity and complexity that allows the (oaked) Wallcliffe version to succeed so well. Here there is a panoply of aromas and flavours spanning citrus/grapefruit, stone fruit and tropical fruits (whatever you care to mention) sustained by lovely natural acidity.

The Australian Wine Annual 2013

Jeremy Oliver

An exemplary Margaret River white blend with exceptional line of flavour and mouthfeel. Punchy aromas of gooseberries, passionfruit, cassis and lime juice backed bu suggestions of minerals, chalk and a light grassiness precede a long, evenly paces and juicy palate whose vibrant fruit is underpinned by a talc-like texture. It finishes with freshness, persistence and a tangy acidity.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2012

Ray Jordan

With all the focus on Cape Mentelle’s big guns, it’s easy to overlook how good they are with this standard Margaret River fare. This is beautiful. It’s precise, fresh and crisp with a fine lingering palate packed with flavour intensity.

Wine Taste

Tyson Stelzer

Brialliantly crafted blend from an estate now perched on a very high branch of the lofty MR tree. Fruit from the cooler south of the region and a touch of barrel infuse remarkable restraint and calm, effortless, gliding persistence.

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