Margaret River has established an international reputation for high quality chardonnay. The Cape Mentelle style draws inspiration from traditional methods to produce a wine displaying aromatic complexity and a fine, textured palate with a long, clean finish.
The linear mouthfeel and structure are features of this excellent chardonnay. The nose has a slightly spicy grapefruit character. The palate is tightly framed with a beautiful richness that is held with precision to a very long finish. Oak has been well managed to complement the quality fruit. Little lick of lime and ginger on the finish.
Some wines are songs to their variety and vineyard(s) and this is one such. It's touched by toasty, spicy oak but the wellspring is clearly the fruit, pure and shining as it is. Gingerbread, white peach, pear and grapefruit. A match has been struck nearby, the glow and the smoke subtly apparent. Beauty in a bottle.
Bright, light yellow/green colour; lemon, citrusy fruit to the fore on an intense bouquet. Toasted cashew overtones. The wine is tremendously concentrated and powerful with great line and a penetrating palate following on with a very long-lasting finish. Grapefruit and lemon flavours linger on and on. A superb chardonnay, with a big future.
“This is very good release for Cape Mentelle. You rarely go too far wrong with their Chardonnay, but this vintage is a long way right. Ripe grapefruit and lime, white peach, a whiff of struck match, ginger and cinnamon toast oak. It’s light and deft, but flavoursome, bursting with juicy citrus fruit and softened with cashew. The flinty smoky texture is bang on and the acidity is crystal clear, keeps it tight, and draws it long. Best of all, it’s just bloody beautiful to drink.”
Another mighty good chardonnay showing the continued evolution of the style. Beautifully complex aromas of grapefruit and subtle mealy grapefruit with a trace of lightly roasted cashew. A slight hint of spicy lime characters add another layer of interest. The palate is controlled and refined with great length. Finishes with a lick of minerally acidity.
“Stone fruit, citrus and spice/gingerbread aromas make a seductive intro, and the palate is long, mellow and concentrated, soft and super-long.”Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF