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

An individual expression of the stunning fruit hand picked from the mature, low yielding vines of our original Wallcliffe Vineyard. This wine captures the unique synergy of site, vintage and varieties to create a layered and complex wine with defined varietal characters and exceptional vibrancy.

Vintage Notes

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2008

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2008

The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a tiny production from our original Wallcliffe Vineyard established in 1970 in Margaret River. The wine represents the vagaries of climate, individuality of site, the complementary characters of the two varieties and a restrained yet evocative winemaking approach. This wine will evolve to produce different characters and complexity over time and will benefit from medium term cellaring.

Pale straw.
Oceanic and wet slate characters support freshly cut lime, subtle lycee and gun smoke aromas.
The fine lineal palate features cut grass and lemon pith. Elements of wet stone are beneath the fruit, with generous texture present, creating an eveness through the palate with a tight, long and minerally finish.
56% sauvignon blanc, 44% semillon.
Drink now to 2016.
Food Pairing Notes
Barrel smoked ocean trout with pickled baby beets.
The Vineyard
The Wallcliffe Vineyard was established on a ridge of free draining lateritic gravel between 1970 and 1972. Sauvignon blanc and semillon were grafted onto shiraz vines in the early 1980’s and today produce the distinctive fruit for the Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.
The Season
A wet winter and warm spring encouraged uniform growth in all varieties. An ideal flowering period marked the beginning of a long dry spell lasting until mid-February when the whites were all harvested in perfect conditions over the following four weeks. A great vintage for Margaret River.
The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a wine that makes itself in the vineyard. Simply fermenting the different plots in French oak barriques helps to build and define individual characters. A selection of the best barrels are then blended to make the wine which most accurately reflects the characters of the season and the vineyard.
13% alcohol, 7.51g/l total acidity, 3.12 pH.

Royal Sydney Show

Gold Medal

Australian Wine Annual 2011

Jeremy Oliver

Very complex, but supremely elegant, focused and balanced, with funky, schisty, mineral and waxy aromas of smoked meats, gooseberries, lychees and melon overlying spicy nuances of apple, cloves, cinnamon and tight-grained oak. Given the extent
of its smoky, meaty and nutty complexity, it’s remarkably fruit-driven and focused, with intense apple, melon and gooseberry flavour tightly woven around a fine, chalky undercarriage, culminating in a lingering briney, savoury finish of tangy fruit and persistent minerality.

Weekend Australian

James Halliday

... This really is an exceptionally complex but beautifully balanced wine, barrel fermentation used with great skill to produce layers of flavour without compromising the varietal fruit characters; exemplary balance and mouthfeel. Throws down the gauntlet to White Bordeaux.

The Sun Herald

Matt Skinner

Ever so stylish, this much-loved sauvignon blanc-semillon blend from Cape Mentelle continues to drop jaws with its fragrant and pretty nose of guava, peach, green herb and beautifully knit oak, while in the mouth it’s broad not at all heavy, and punctuated by mouth-watering acidity and serious length of flavour.

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