There's an artful elegance,
layered depth and precise focus
about Cape Mentelle's wine”
Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
A unique wine from the 36 years old, low yielding bush vines of our original Estate Vineyard. This zinfandel exudes flavours of plum pudding, black cherry and sweet spices on a rich, mouth filling palate. Hand picked, basket pressed and matured in the finest oak it is. Australia’s leading example of this bold and generous variety.
Introduced to the Cape Mentelle vineyard from California in 1974, zinfandel is a particularly demanding variety to manage both in the vineyard and the winery. The resulting unique and hedonistically rich wine makes all the hard work worthwhile and as such the Cape Mentelle Zinfandel has developed something of a ‘cult’ following for lovers of bold red wines.
...Cape Mentelle’s Zinfandel has got to be about the best example of this grape in the country. Deep garnet colored, the 2007 Zinfandel has incredibly expressive blueberry and spiced raisin aromas with an undercurrent of plum pudding, cinnamon and allspice. Rich, full bodied with medium to high acid and a medium level of velvety tannins, this is one opulent wine giving a beautifully long finish.
This is one of the best Mentelle zinfandels of recent times. Ironstone aromas plus hints of jam and wood among a complex array of aromas. Smooth, rich, savoury with drying tannins and lots of gravitas ... stacks of flavour and character.
This is the best Mentelle zin I’ve ever tasted on release. Sweet, slightly peppery fruit on the nose and a hint of attractive eucalypt.
Shows strong raspberry aromas and flavours plus some alcohol warmth. Fresh enough, with a firm finish.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF