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
2015
Type
White

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015
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SKU: SBS2015

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 green hues.
Nose
Delicate and lifted aromas of citrus blossum, lime, honeydew melon, blackcurrant and a hint of chalk dust.
Palate
Juicy clean and fresh with pithy acidity and mineral character balanced by rich fruit flavours of limes, passionfruit and pink grapefruit. The palate is bright, elegant, well balanced with a creamy texture and a long finish.
Blend
52% Sauvignon Blanc, 48% Semillon.
Cellaring
Best consumed young and fresh.
Food Pairing Notes
Goat cheese tart with seared scallops.
The Vineyard
The majority of the fruit came from the cooler southern half of the region, including our Crossroads and Chapman vineyards. The typical soils of these vineyards are geologically ancient, free draining sandy loams with a high percentage of lateritic gravel.
The Season
After a sunny and mild September 2014, Margaret River experienced a cool spring all the way to the years-end. 2015 brought the driest January on record, on par with 2008 and concluded with some hot days in the mid 30’s during the last week. The nights remained cool through summer, favouring delicate floral and white fruit flavours especially in the Chardonnays and Sauvignons. The 2015 Sauvignons show intense varietal characters and honeysuckle notes, the Semillons have beautiful weight and texture: 2015 was certainly a very good white vintage in Margaret River!
Winemaking
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 8% 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 2015.
Analysis
12.5% alcohol, 6.9 g/l total acidity, 3.14 pH.

Top 100 White & Sparkling Wines 2016

Ray Jordan
92

Such an intense and vibrant blended white. You hear a lot about Cape Mentelle’s reds but they make mighty good whites and this cracking good wine is the perfect example. Precise. Fresh and punchy through to the long finish.

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Huon Hooke
90

Very light colour; young and fresh on the nose, with straw and snowpea hints. It's deliciously juicy, quite intense and very young on the palate. Good palate intensity and length as well as fragrance: an exemplary SBS blend.

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