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 2014

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014
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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 white melon, lime, grapefruit, honeysuckle, blackcurrant and a hint of chalk dust.
Juicy clean and fresh with talcy pithy structure balancing the rich fruit flavours of limes, passionfruit and lychee. The texture is creamy and the finish bright, intense, long and elegant.
58% Sauvignon Blanc, 42% Semillon
Best consumed young and fresh
Food Pairing Notes
Handmade fettuccine and basil pesto with grilled chicken tenderloins
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
Margaret River experienced amongst the warmest vintage on record and on a par with the very warm 2011 vintage. White varieties were all harvested in a rush and look fantastic with the fruit all in the winery by the end of February. Flavours are bright and fresh with natural acidity high and in good balance with the fruit intensity. 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 takes 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 four months on lees and bottled in July 2014.
12.5%alcohol, 6.9g/l total acidity, 3.15pH.

Australian Wine Companion

James Halliday

A 58/42% blend, machine harvested at night; most cold-­‐fermented in stainless steel, with 7% of the blend fermented in new and used French barriques. There is an array of citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavours, but it is the electricity of the intense palate that is the defining feature of the wine. 

The Wine Front August 2014

Gary Walsh

This is the wine that brings home the bacon, as it were, for Cape Mentelle. Quite perfumed with sweet herbs and Disprin, gooseberry, mixed citrus and fresh pineapple. Light and fresh, gentle and not at all abrasive, well measured herbal notes with toned down lime and pineapple flavours. Has a touch of chalkiness, clean acidity and a finish of good length – a bit like a gin and tonic. Rock solid.

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