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Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012

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Cape Mentelle takes a minimal approach towards this classic Margaret River blend. The aim is to preserve as much fruit intensity and regional character as possible, whilst providing a full flavoured distinctive white wine. The style accentuates the fresh fruit characters of both varieties with the added complexity and palate weight offered by a small portion of barrel fermentation.

Pale straw with green hues.
Fresh and lively with a mix of lemon pith, grapefruit, jasmine blossom, white peach and bath salts.
Soft and bright with abundant fruit including lime and white melon with subtle savoury, smokey characters leading to a fine, long and elegant fi nish.
54% sauvignon blanc, 46% semillon.
Best consumed young and fresh.
Food Pairing Notes
Grilled Rottnest Island scallops served with a dash of lime juice, fi sh sauce, fresh ginger and coriander.
The Vineyard
The lion’s share of the fruit came from the cooler southern half of the region, including our Chapman Brook Vineyard. Various canopy management methods are used, with the objective being to maximise fruit flavour development. The typical soils of these vineyards are geologically ancient, free draining sandy loams with a high percentage of lateritic gravel.
The Season
The 2012 vintage was noted by above average summer temperatures and average rainfall. What resulted was a steady ripening period leading up to a hot January and an early start to the harvest. Mild temperatures throughout February and March ensured that fruit was harvested in perfect condition and picking was completed by early April prior to heavy late April rains.
When harvesting sauvignon blanc and semillon the emphasis is placed on capturing vibrant fresh fl avours with clean acidity. Fruit is generally machine harvested at night to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with around 15% of the blend fermented in a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak barriques. The wine was assembled after four months on lees and bottled in July 2012.
12.5% alcohol, 5.8 g/l total acidity, 3.16pH.

Wine Taste

Tyson Stelzer

Definitive Margaret River SBS of laser-like precision, sensational restraint and beautifully defined acidity. An elegant and fragrant bouquet of lemon blossom glides into a taut, honed palate that zones in on lime zest, crunchy granny smith apples and electric acidity. One-tenth fermented in barrels does nothing to interrupt its purity, but builds drive and longevity. Line and length carry with unwavering determination. Its street price makes this one of the best value sauvignons on the shelves right now.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2013

Ray Jordan

Positively bursting with tropical fruit aromas. passionfruit and citrusy gooseberry and light grass make for a wonderfully interesting opening on the nose. The palate is so pure and fresh, with delightful flavours that lift effortlessly to a long, crisp finish. The quintessential Margaret River SBS

Decanter World Wide Awards

October 2012
Silver Medal

Australian Wine Companion 2014

James Halliday

Quartz-white; 54/46% blend of 40 individually vinified parcels of wine; the bouquet is particularly expressive, with flowery, scented aromas, the palate with an almost pinot noir-like peacock's tail expansion on the finish, and the aftertaste with a gamut of citrus and tropical flavours. To 2014.

The Australian Wine Annual 2014

Jeremy oliver

A typical regional blend of excellent shape and freshness. Heady, floral and lightly herbal aromas of gooseberries, passionfruit, lychees and melon reveal suggestions of cassis. Long and juicy, with a fine chalkiness beneath its pure, brightly lit fruit, it finishes with fine balance and racy acidity. 

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