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 Estate Vineyard from California in 1974, Zinfandel is a particularily 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 lover of such a style.
An impressively focused Zinfandel capturing all the black fruit, tar and understated Christmas cake exoticism of this variety, yet more consummate control and focus than ever.
A long, long time ago Cape Mentelle was the second winery I ever visited in my Australian wine journey. I arrived by bike, ex a backpackers hostel in Margaret River. That would have been, probably, 1991-ish. One hectare of zinfandel vines were growing at Cape Mentelle then and had been (at the time) for about 15 years. They’ve now been growing there 40-odd years.
Cape Mentelle zin is a very good wine nowadays. The burly days are well over, though of course it still gives as good as it gets. It’s bold but tidy. Tar, raspberry, tobacco, raspberry and an assortment of dried herbs. Sweet, chocolatey oak adds a gentle spruce. Not hard to like, shall we say.
Very elegant, reserved and almost non-zin-like, with a delicate, fragrant, spicy and faintly confectionary bouquet of blueberries, blackberries and briar knit with sweet cedar/vanilla oak and backed by nuances of mint and a fait meatiness. It's plush, smooth and polished, with a luscious, faintly spirity presence of chocolate, mocha, plums and prunes extending seamlessly long and warm over a firm, velvety spine of drying tannins towards a finely balanced finish of surprising intensity.
Cape Mentelle Zinfandel 2012 was judged one of the top 100 wines in over 3500 tasted for the 32nd edition of the Australian Wine Vintages.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF