There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015


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.

Vintage Notes

Shiraz 2013

Shiraz 2013
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SKU: SH 13

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.

Inky with purple hues.
Vibrant blueberry, red berries and violets in the forefront, enticingly supported by complex cured meat notes and hints of cracked black pepper and dark olive tapenade.
Intense mouthful of red fruits and dark savoury pepper and cardamom spices, well framed by integrated oak that take the experience to a long, round and savoury finish.
100% Shiraz
10+ years
Food Pairing Notes
Well-marbled Wagyu burger, cherryglazed duck magret and fresh roasted baby vegetables. For dessert, the 2013 Cape Mentelle Shiraz would be well complemented by a fresh forest berry tart with a dollop of spiced cream.
The Vineyard
The fruit for this wine was sourced from Cape Mentelle’s Estate vineyards from Margaret River ranging in age from 13 to 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 lead up to harvest experienced a wild, cool and windy November which interrupted flowering and fruit set and ultimately resulted in the lowest yields for a decade. The summer leading into the 2013 vintage recorded temperatures well above average with perfect ripening conditions with white fruit harvested quickly and early in February and red fruit benefiting from a cool and mild March allowing extended ripening and full tannin maturity. Another great vintage for Margaret River.
Fruit was selectively harvested based and flavour and tannin maturity. After the fruit was destemmed and berry sorted, some berries kept whole to amplify the crunchy fresh fruit characters. 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 being bottled in September 2014.
13.5% alcohol, 5.8g/l total acidity, 3.55 pH.

The Wine Front

Campbell Mattinson

“Cape Mentelle Shiraz has become a wine that I look forward to trying each year. This release has might and power but it comes at the expense of finesse. It pushes the ripeness envelop but remains wholeheartedly savoury, its clove and general dry spice notes chattering away as tar and deep black cherry flavours power through. A rumble of gravelly tannin helps give the wine a rugged, muscular feel. It’s a very good release; it impressed without quite inspiring superlatives.”

Halliday Wine Companion

Halliday Wine Companion

A core of black-cherried fruit champs through an array of clove and assorted dry spice notes. This is a savoury rocket. Peppery, leafy, fruity and firm. Its ripeness is at the upper level of comfort, but power and impact comes as a result.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2016

Ray Jordan

Another gorgeous example of Cape Mentelle shiraz. This one is one of the lightest I can recall yet it lacks nothing in fruit flavour, intensity and style. Beautifully seductive plum and spice on the nose with a dash of black pepper. Gravelly textured palate with silky smooth oak integration.

Huon Hooke

Fragrant lifted red berry and violet aromas, with an attractive kiss of oak. A stylish wine. Elegance and balance, as well as charm and drinkability. Good firm, drying tannin structure. A smart shiraz of elegance, depth and drinkability.

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