There's an artful elegance,

layered depth and precise focus

about Cape Mentelle's wine”

Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015
 

Zinfandel

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.

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2009
Type
Red

Zinfandel 2009

Zinfandel 2009

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.

Appearance
Dark red and crimson.
Nose
Prunes, blackcurrant, aniseed, dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
Palate
Inky, rich and full bodied with ripe black fruits complemented by delicate cinnamon spice and a savoury structure. The fruit intensity is balanced by a subtle use of oak leading to great length and a lovely clarity of fruit.
Blend
100% zinfandel.
Cellaring
Drink now to 2029.
Food Pairing Notes
Slow braised pork spare ribs finished on the grill with a sticky spicy coating.
The Vineyard
Cape Mentelle’s Zinfandel was planted in 1974 on a ridge of free draining lateritic gravel on an east west row orientation to minimise the affects of strong westerly sea breezes. Traditionally planted to low density bush vines this vineyard requires fastideous attention to detail to ensure only the best quality fruit is produced.
The Season
A cool, wet and windy spring extended into the flowering period around November, setting up the season for low yields for 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.
Winemaking
The zinfandel was handpicked in the first week of March. After destemming, the must was allowed to soak for several days prior to fermentation to soften up the raisins. The wine steadily fermented to dryness prior to basket pressing directy to large oak vats and barriques for malolactic fermentation and maturation. We used 25% new French oak barrels for a total of 18 months. The wine was bottled in November 2010.
Analysis
15% alcohol, 6.3 g/l total acidity, 3.66 pH.

Australian Wine Companion 2013

James Halliday
95

Even richer and fuller in the mouth than the ‘10 but bringing the same raft of flavours into play. Its colour retention is excellent, as is the tapestry of tannins on the finish, making it an even better wine.

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