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 2009

Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

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 with lime hues.
Lemon rind, lime segments and orange blossom are in harmony with savoury almond meal and a hint of smoke.
Delicately textured exhibiting lemon/lime and subtle spice. It is characterised by a precise acid structure reminiscent of wet slate. Balanced oak intergration provides depth, structure and length.
68% sauvignon blanc, 32% semillon.
Drink now to 2017.
Food Pairing Notes
A ceviche of Abrolhos Island scallops.
The Vineyard
The Estate 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 cool, wet and windy spring extended into the flowering period around November, setting up the season for low yields across 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.
The Wallcliffe Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a wine that makes itself in the vineyard. We simply ferment the three different sections of the vineyard in French oak barriques (35% new) to help 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, 7.5 g/l total acidity, 3.17 pH.

Australian Wine Companion 2013

James Halliday

It is a marriage of fruit generosity and intensity with its long, elegant, layered palate. It is remarkable, too, for the relatively low alcohol that gives rise to this cornucopia of flavours.

Australian Wine Annual 2012

Jeremy Oliver

Long, savoury and briny, this complex, nutty and mineral blend has a spicy perfume of dried flowers, lychees, gooseberries and fresh, lightly toasted vanilla oak with undertones and nuances of sherbet and wet stones. It’s smooth, round and finely focussed, with excellent length, shape and freshness. Very classy indeed. Palate and flinty acid comes through at the finish.

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