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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Vintage
2012
Type
Red

Shiraz 2012

Shiraz 2012
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$37.00
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SKU: S2012

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
Inky with purple hues.
Nose
Complex and vibrant brambly blueberry, red currants, all spice, schezuan pepper and a touch of fruit.
Palate
Plush and rich with juicy bright fruits of plums, and mulberry complemented by hints of spice. The full flavoured palate is richly textured balanced by a long fine and spicy finish.
Blend
100% shiraz.
Cellaring
20+ years.
Food Pairing Notes
Aniseed tea smoked duck breast, hoi sin sauce with wild rice and Asian greens.
The Vineyard
The fruit for this wine was sourced from Cape Mentelle’s Estate Vineyards from Margaret River ranging in age from 13-40 years. 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
The 2012 vintage was noted by above average summer temperatures and average rainfall. What resulted in was a steady ripening period leading up to a hot January and an early tart to the harvest. Mild temperatures throughout February and March ensured that fruit harvested in perfect condition and completed by early April prior to heavy late April rains.
Winemaking
Fruit was selectively harvested based on flavour and tannin maturity. After the fruit was destemmed and berry sorted, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 15 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed, with harder pressings kept aside. The individual parcels were racked to barriques and large oak vats following pressing for malolactic fermentation. Regular rackings over a 14 month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected Burgundian coopered barriques of which 20% were new, before bottled in October 2013.
Analysis
13.5% alcohol, 6.0g/l total acidity, 3.47pH.

Weekend West May 2014

Ray Jordan
97

Positively stunning shiraz from this great Margaret River producer. Deep and powerful, yet with remarkable elegance and style. Spices and blackberry on the nose with a little blueberry and chocolate nuance. The palate has a sinewy thread holding the oak and tannin around the intense driving fruit flavours. An engaging savoury finish. All class.

Australian Wine Companion 2014

James Halliday
96

Strikes the palate like a well-timed cover drive. This is a wine of sweet and savoury impact. Black cherries, cloves, olives and floral notes. Quite beautiful. Tannin infused with notes of crushed dry leaf and earth. Scoots through your mouth and lingers appreciably.

Wine Business Monthly - Wines of the Year 2014

Tyson Stelzer
95

To achieve delicate perfume and bright, crunchy fruit vibrancy while upholding depth and determination is a red winemaking dream rarely realised as emphatically as this. Radiant elegance of crunchy red and dark berry/cherry/plum fruit meets layers of spice, pepper and pretty, lifted rose petal fragrance. The mouth feel is finely textured and impeccably poised, infused with great precision and potential.

Australian Gourmet Traveller 2014

Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine
94

This Shiraz is dark red/ purple, scented with dry spices and pepper. Its tannins are assertive on a very focused palate. Full-bodied, concentrated and powerful, it boasts penetration and length.

The Australian Wine Annual 2015

Jeremy Oliver
92

Underpinned by a thread of mint and menthol, this fine-grained shiraz of full to medium weight has a sweet dusty and peppery bouquet of vibrant cassis, redcurrants, raspberries and dark plums tightly knit with fresh cedar/vanilla oak. Supported by a dusty spine of crunchy tannin, its charming presence of intense, spicy small black and red berries, polished oak and slightly herbal/menthol notes finishes with a hint of tomato bush.

Huon Hooke

Huon Hooke
94

Deep red/purple colour; pepper, dry spices, savoury and mellow. Very tannic, dry palate with tight tannins and very focused grip. Full-bodied, dense and concentrated, with tight focus and great penetrating power. True concentration and length. An inner core of sweet fruit: a superb shiraz.

The Wine Front

Gary Walsh
94

Chocolate, spice, hazelnut, licorice, pepper, plums – the usual suspects. Medium bodied, smooth and evenly weighted, hazelnutty flavours married to plump perfectly ripened fruit, fine silky controlling tannin and neat acidity – all just so. Long and spicy. You might accuse it of being excessively manicured, though it’s a beautiful wine regardless. Classy as ever.

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