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Chardonnay 2009

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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.

Pale straw with lime hues.
Grapefruit, pear and lime combine with lifted citrus and jasmine blossom along with fresh brioche.
Citrus rind and grapefuit lead the palate to an overall fine yet textural journey. A distinctive minerally line is apparent with focussed refreshing acidity. Faint nuances of soft nougat and cashews add to what is a harmonious balance.
100% chardonnay.
Drink now to 2017.
Food Pairing Notes
Pan seared barramundi fillet, scallop and white asparagus petit salad, beurre blanc.
The Vineyard
The fruit for Cape Mentelle Chardonnay is sourced principally from the wineries Chapman Brook vineyard located in the cooler southern half of the Margaret River wine region. Most of the chardonnay is cane-pruned and vertical shoot positioned. The majority of these vineyards are planted to the Mendoza (GinGin) clone of chardonnay, which has proven to be particularly successful in the Margaret River region.
The Season
A cool, wet and windy spring extended into the flowering period around November, setting up the season for low yields in 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.
Hand-picked bunches were elevated into our membrane press and the resulting free-run juice was left to settle overnight. The following day the juice was racked into Burgundian coopered French oak barriques, of which approximately one third were new. Fermentation proceeded by both natural and selected yeast strains. The wine matured in barrel for nine months, during which battonage (lees stirring) and topping was carried out weekly. Batches were individually assessed and those meeting the requisite standard were blended in December. The wine was bottled in January 2010.
13% alcohol, 7g/l total acidity, 3.22 pH.

Australian Wine Annual 2011

Jeremy Oliver

Finely crafted, balanced and elegant, with pristine aromas of melon, peach and grapefruit tightly knit with sweet tight-grained vanilla and clove-like oak, backed by undertones of ginger, cinnamon, minerals and smoky, leesy complexity ... finishing long, bright and assertive.

West Australian Wine Guide

Ray Jordan

The chardonnays of Cape Mentelle continue to evolve and this is another superb wine. Minerally and creamy aromas with leesy toasty grapefruit characters. The palate displays a deep intensity with texture and richness held tightly with excellent oak and crisp acid. A most complex wine.

Weekend Australian

James Halliday

A prime example of “modern classic” Australian chardonnay, picked at a relatively low baumé, the winemaking designed to focus all the attention on the fruit flavour. Light, bright straw-green; has the Cape Mentelle stamp all over it, a minerally intensity and finesse to the steel core around which the peach and nectarine fruit is wrapped, itself with a fine veneer of French oak; has great length.

Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine

Bob Campbell

2009 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay falls clearly into this ‘best’ category. This wine announces its quality from the moment you smell it, and reinforces the impression from there ... giving the wine’s natural power a sense of sophistication. It looks bright and shiny in the glass and the persistence of each sip is one of the wine’s strong points. I’m an unabashed chardonnay fan, and it’s wine like this that made me so.

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