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.
Fresh nutty, mealy fruit aromas with a hint of funk. youthful yet complex flavours fill a soft, gentle, light- to medium-bodied palate with just enough richness and a long carry.
Cape Mentelle’s Margaret River chardonnays have been evolving from a fuller style into something leaner. The ‘08 is typically understated and firm, with grapefruit and nectarine aromas lightly dressed in oak. There’s a light, creamy thread too but austerity is the thing. The palate is intense and dry with tight acidity.
The 2008 Chardonnay reveals itself as a real knock-out and a relative bargain to boot. Releasing a fragrant, flower and talc-laced perfume with a core of citrus, ripe apple and peach, the nose also has pleasant nuances of toast and cream. The palate is very intense and nervy, giving a sense of restrained concentration with lovely crisp acid cutting through. It finishes very long and very minerally.
I rate this one of the top chardonnays to come my way in the past year. From the Margaret River- based Cape Mentelle... it has superb balance and structure. It shines brassy gold in the glass and has aromas of orange blossom, crushed almonds and sandalwood. Elegant yellow nectarine flavour glides onto the front of the palate and ruby grapefruit, fig, marzipan and mineral fruit elements marry with cashew-like oak on the middle palate. Flinty acid refreshes at the finish.
Elegant, artful and harmonious, this very contemporary chardonnay has a nutty, mealy bouquet of melon, grapefruit, nectarine and white peaches... It’s deep and luxuriant yet fine and supple.
... the 2008 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay and add some funkier, more complex matchstick notes. It’s rich but not excessively so, cut with limy acidity and delicious to drink. If you’re a fan of this label, this is an outstanding release.
An outstanding modern chardonnay from a top producer. discreetly nutty and stone-fruited with a hint of funk adding layers over the toasty oak. delicate and refined, light to medium-bodied with a long, long finish.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF