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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Vintage
2013
Type
Red

Zinfandel 2013

Zinfandel 2013
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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.

Appearance
Vibrant mulberry.
Nose
Red currants and raspberries, well-framed by black pepper, sweet dark caramel and oak reminding of smouldering Hickory ashes.
Palate
Crunchy red cherries and an enticing blend of Asian all-spice, red liquorice and star anise, developing into warm mocha notes carried by fine grain savoury tannins and graphite notes characteristic of our Wallcliffe vineyard.
Blend
95% Zinfandel, 5% Shiraz.
Cellaring
10 years
Food Pairing Notes
Slow-roasted Cajun spare ribs, pulled pork sliders, pepper-crusted prime ribs, or Oaxaca cheese stuffed poblano peppers with smoked beans.
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 effects of strong westerly sea breezes. Traditionally planted to low density bush vines this vineyard requires fastidious attention to detail to ensure only the best quality fruit is produced.
The Season
The lead up to harvest experienced a wild, cool and windy November which interrupted flowering and fruit set and ultimately resulted in the lowest yields for a decade. The summer leading into the 2013 vintage recorded temperatures well above average with perfect ripening conditions with white fruit harvested quickly and early in February and red fruit benefiting from a cool and mild March allowing extended ripening and full tannin maturity. Another great vintage for Margaret River.
Winemaking
The Zinfandel was handpicked in the first week of March. After destemming and individual berry sorting, the must was allowed to soak at cool temperatures for several days prior to fermentation. The wine steadily fermented to dryness prior to basket pressing directly to large oak vats and barriques for malolactic fermentation and maturation. We used 25% new French oak barrels for a total of 16 months. The wine was bottled in October 2014.
Analysis
14.5% alcohol, 5.8 g/l total acidity, 3.53 pH.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2016

Ray Jordan
96

In many ways this is the zin against which all others are judged. And without doubt this is one of the best I can recall. Lovely mix of plums and fruitcake with a deep blackberry brambly influence. Loads of spices and dark chocolate. Yet the balance and effortless length of the palate provide such a refined mouthfeel. I have to say I’m not generally a zin fan, but this one might just change all that.

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Huon Hooke
93

Deep, bright red/purple hue; black fruit and licorice aromas, with a hint of cough medicine. The palate is very full-bodied and dense, rich and super-ripe, with fruit sweetness in the mid-palate followed by massive tannins. A good, well-made wine which has a lot of cellar potential.

The Wine Front

Campbell Mattinson
92+

Took me a while to get my head around this release. It’s warm with alcohol and rugged with tannin, neither of which are necessarily negatives but both of which can obscure exactly what’s going on with the fruit/palate. As it breathed though clear flavours of raspberry, anise and bitumen ushered forward, mint no more than an afterthought. It’s good to very good. And, if drinking young, benefits from being decanted.

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