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Chardonnay 2010

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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.
Lemon rind, lime segments and orange blossom are in harmony with savoury almond meal and a hint of smoke.
Abundant fresh citrus leads the palate with a touch of marzipan and fresh pear. The fine slatey acidity drives the length of flavour and combines perfectly with the subtle creamy texture and mild oak influence to deliver an intense, expressive and exquisitely balanced wine.
68% sauvignon blanc, 32% semillon.
Drink now to 2017
Food Pairing Notes
Fresh scallops pan seared in butter served with a lime emulsion and a sprinkling of flying fish roe.
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
The 2010 harvest in Margaret River continues a run of excellent vintages, again marked by a very dry and mild summer. The only significant rainfall for the vintage period was not until mid-April ensuring an excellent ripening period, with fruit retaining pristine varietal flavours and showing great concentration and intensity.
Hand-picked bunches were elevated into our Bucher 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 ensued following inoculation with both natural and selected yeast strains. The wine matured in barrel for nine months, during which battonage 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 2011, after stabilisation in tank.
13% alcohol, 7.1 g/l total acidity, 3.25 pH.

Australian Wine Annual 2012

Jeremy Oliver

Cape Mentelle’s finest ever white wine has a spicy floral scent whose underlying core of grapefruit, melon, tropical and mineral aromas are enhanced by a mesured suspense of smoky, mealy, nutty and creamy complexity, plus undertones of brioche and struck match. An exercise in controlled intensity and power, its long and luxuriant, elegant and finely crafted, with remarkable length, a fine minerality and lingering smoky, savoury

West Australian Wine Guide 2012

Ray Jordan

Must be the best chardonnay yet released from Cape Mentelle. Aroma is immidiately complex and total beguiling with its savoury, mealy grapefruit characters lifted with addition of a little spice. The oak influence is subtle and superb.. Layered and deeply complex with a little twist of lime and mineral. Stunning wine.

Australian Wine Companion

James Halliday

An intense, vibrant and tightly structured wine primarily driven by its grapefruit, lime and white peach fruit, less by barrel fermentation in French oak. It has great drive to the palate, and outstanding length, all the fruit flavours still wrapped around it snatural acidity.

Good Wine Guide 2012

Nick Stock

From a great white wine vintage in the West, this restrained chardonnay has a refined air about it; pears and quince, some grapefruit and gentle flinty edges, some tight-grained oak too. The palate’s poised and crisp, with crunchy stone fruits sitting bright and lively. A convincing exercise in power and restraint, there’s impressive tension here.

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