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 2013

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013
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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 green hues.
Aromas of lychee, lime, grapefruit, honeysuckle, blackcurrant and a hint of wet stone.
Juicy, clean and fresh with a talcy pithy structure balancing the rich fruit flavours of limes, passionfruit and honeysuckle. The texture is creamy and the fi nish bright, long and elegant.
52% sauvignon blanc, 48% semillon.
Best consumed young and fresh.
Food Pairing Notes
Plucked blue swimmer crab tossed with fresh chilli, garlic, parsley and spaghetti.
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 lead up to harvest saw a wild, cool and windy November which interrupted flowering and fruit set, ultimately resulting in the lowest yields for a decade. The summer leading into the 2013 vintage recorded temperatures well above average with perfect ripening conditions. White fruit was harvested quickly and early in February with red fruit benefiting from a cool and mild March allowing extended ripening and full tannin maturity. Another great vintage for Margaret River.
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 took place in stainless steel tanks with around 7% of the blend fermented in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barriques. The wine was assembled after three months on lees and bottled in June 2013.
13% alcohol, 6.4 g/l total acidity, 3.32 pH.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2014

Ray Jordan

So pure and so intense. This should be the benchmark for this style from Margaret River. It all comes to life with that crunchy acid to lift the vibrant tropical fruits. A little splash of citrus juice and the rest is pure drinking heaven. Tuck in and enjoy.

The Wine Front

Campbell Mattinson

In the words of Cape Mentelle winemaker Rob Mann, the 2013 vintage in Margaret River was an “early, short and fast harvest marked by incredibly low yields”. A small amount of this wine (7%) is matured in new and old oak. 
It’s a sweet, generous, perfumed nose but put it in your mouth and the wine’s steely dryness asserts itself. This looks the goods. There’s ample flavour of lime, passionfruit, thistles, passionfruit and gravel, but as much exuberant, jubey flavour as there is – texture is the key here. It’s blooming smooth. It’s also drinking beautifully in its youth.

Australian Wine Companion

James Halliday

From an 'early, short and fast harvest marked by incredibly low yields' (winemaker Rob Mann). A small portion of this wine is (old) oak-matured. There's something for everyone here. Sweet introduction but a steely seriousness to the finish. It encourages the sale and then closes the deal. Flavours of lime, passionfruit, thistles and gravel. Juicy, fresh and impressive throughout.

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