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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Type
White

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016

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
Varietal sauvignon notes revolving around cassis buds, juniper berries and cracked black pepper. The nose then opens to complex fruit ranging from zesty white grapefruit to hints of lychees, lifted by ethereal oral notes of jasmine and passionflower.
Palate
The attack is juicy clean, slightly saline, on notes of passionfruit and citrus. The fresh pithy acidity and mineral character, reminiscent of fine absinthe, fresh ginger and gentian bitters give the wine a lot of vinosity and masculine personality, well balanced by the honey notes and creamy texture of the Semillon and showing exceptional length.
Blend
57% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon
Cellaring
Best enjoyed young and fresh
Food Pairing Notes
Crab cakes, fresh oysters, warm bruschetta with fresh buffalo mozzarella. Because of the wine’s strong personality, it will allow bold marriage with cheeses, especially well-aged slightly crystallized ones such as a 24 month Parmigiano-Reggiano.
The Vineyard
The fruit comes from the perfectly suited cooler southern half of the Margaret River region, from our three vineyards of Wallcliffe-Trinders, Crossroads and Chapman Brook. The typical soils of these vineyards are geologically ancient, free draining sandy loams with a high percentage of lateritic gravel. The vines are vertically trained, spur or cane pruned and canopy manipulations are frequent to allow good air flow and dappled sunlight on the fruit.
The Season
After a dry winter, Margaret River experienced a moderately warm summer, punctuated by unusual rainfalls in the second half of January which delayed the first harvests by about 10 days. The moderate day and low night temperatures allowed exceptional preservation of the varietal white aromas and a long harvest period to pick each small batch of fruit in the most perfect conditions. As a result, while Sauvignon Blanc retained its racy acidity and primary fruit flavors, Semillon developed a beautiful rich texture. 2016 was another fantastic vintage for these varieties 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. Extended fermentation takes place at very low temperature in stainless steel tanks with about 8% of the blend fermented in new oak barriques. The 2016 blend was assembled after four months on lees; the team decided to preserve the exceptional vinosity and perfect texture by bottling unfined in July 2016.
Analysis
13.0% alcohol, 6.5 g/l total acidity, 3.05 pH.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2017

Ray Jordan
90

This sauvignon blanc-dominant blend packs is plenty with a deep and robust palate really punching out loads of character and flavour intensity. Tropical fruit is fully ripe with just a hint of grassiness edginess on the finish. Crisp acid sustains the finish.

 
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