There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
 

Shiraz

A powerful and elegant shiraz exuding aromas of blueberry and violets with a long, silky palate carrying flavours of ripe plum and spice. Traditional winemaking techniques including gentle basket pressing and maturation in French oak enhance the inherent intensity and character of this wine.

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Shiraz 2009

Shiraz 2009

Cape Mentelle Shiraz draws inspiration from the techniques and wines of the Northern Rhône Valley in France. The fruit is destemmed, berry sorted, cold soaked and traditionally fermented. Maturation in both large oak vats and small barriques is aimed at retaining the refined fruit, floral and spice characters of the variety.

Appearance
Dark red with crimson hues.
Nose
Vibrant red and black fruits including beetroot and blueberries, along with aromatic ground spices and dark chocolate.
Palate
Plush ripe fruit of wild berries and plums balanced by black pepper and aniseed. The flavours combine with a firm yet savoury tannin structure that provides the framework for a long and satisfying finish.
Blend
100% shiraz.
Cellaring
Drink now to 2029.
Food Pairing Notes
Aniseed tea infused duck breast with crispy skin served with a roast beetroot and rocket salad.
The Vineyard
The fruit for this wine was sourced from our Estate and Kyella Vineyards. The soils are predominantly deep sandy loams with high lateritic gravel content over clay. Shoot and leaf removal techniques were used to ensure a balance between fruit exposure to light whilst providing protection from the midday sun.
The Season
A cool, wet and windy spring extended into the flowering period around November, setting up the season for low yields in all varieties. The sun came out on cue in December and perfect ripening conditions continued through harvest, interrupted only by a spot of rain at the start of March - enough to give the vines a drink and see all varieties harvested in optimal condition.
Winemaking
Fruit was selectively harvested based on flavour and tannin maturity. Fermentation took place in a combination of open and static stainless steel fermenters. The ferments were managed with a combination of plunging and pump overs. All batches were basket pressed and transferred to large oak vats for malolactic fermentation. The wine was matured for 18 months in predominantly Burgundian coopered French oak barriques, 30% of which were new, before being bottled in November 2010.
Analysis
14% alcohol, 6.5g/l total acidity, 3.66 pH.

Australian Wine Companion 2012

James Halliday
96

Bright crimson-purple; fragrant red and black cherry fruit on the bouquet also runs fluently through the long, elegant, medium-bodied palate; as the wine moves to the finish, the spicy/savoury components become more obvious, yet still harmonious.

The Australian Wine Annual 2012

Jeremy Oliver
95

Natural, finely balanced and seamless, with a heady floral bouquet of blackberry confiture, cassis, mulberries and dark cherries lifted by musky scents of white pepper, knit with fine-grained cedar/mocha oak and backed by spicy notes of cloves and cinnamon. Underpinned by pliant, silky tannins, it’s long, savoury and elegant, with a deep, briary presence of perfectly ripened fruit revealing nuances of charcuterie meats and black pepper.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2012

Ray Jordan
95

Here is a perfect example of how good Margaret River shiraz can be. This is not your normal fruit bomb Aussie shiraz. There is a minerally grainy tannin structure supporting the mix of dense concentrated medium to full bodied fruit weight with fine grain oak. Has a seductive perfume and a seamless palate profile that has still to reveal its best.

The Winefront

Campbell Mattinson
95

I’d think this 2009 version is right up there with the best shiraz the estate has yet released. This 2009 shiraz came over all voluptuous and oak-driven at first but twenty or so minutes later it had transformed itself.It carries a beautiful swagger of fine, grainy, earthen tannin and while sure, it delivers a healthy doze of aniseedy, blackberried, plum-like fruit flavour – and sweet cedary oak – it still makes a solid attempt to be firm and dry. As a young wine you will need to be tolerant of fresh, new, high quality oak flavour. But this is a crackerjack shiraz from all angles.

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