Cape Mentelle has a rich history of exceptional quality and consistency with Cabernet Sauvignon from a pioneering producer in Margaret River in the early 1970's to a benchmark producer today. A single vineyard wine with the style evolving over time, the aim always to define a wine displaying classic varietal character and opulence, strong regional identity and with the structure and fruit intensity to improve with extended cellaring.
Nose has ripe cassis fruit running through. Complex textured palate with layers of cassis fruit and soft tannins.
A glorious cabernet, its blackcurrant, cedar and spice bouquet leading into a seamless, perfectly balanced palate with cassis and redcurrant fruit framed by cedary oak. It is the amazing tannins, softly woven into the fabric of the fruit, that give this wine its unique class.
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Very stylish, elegant and focused, with a wonderful core of fruit, this compelling cabernet has a deeply floral bouquet of violets, cassis and small red berries knit with cedar/ chocolate/ mocha oak and backed by nuances of graphite and dried herbs. It’s long, smooth and polished, with intense, pristine small black and red berry flavours tightly integrated with handsome new oak and fine, gravelly tannins, extending towards a long, tightly drilled and persistent finish of faint mineral and savoury qualities.
Crunchy and tangy, this wine is defined by notes of capsicum, sage and tomato leaf around a core of dark fruits and a firm cage of enduring tannins.
I’ll be nipping over to Margaret River in a month or so for a very quick trip. I’ve not visited since 2003. It’s probably my favourite Australian wine region – physically and for the wines it produces. The tyranny of distance, mostly. That and not being allowed out much… Nutty oak in support, dark fruit, chocolate, leaf and floral perfume. Medium bodied, but pretty dense this vintage – feels a little more serious – turning up the heft and ripeness just a little. It’s kind of glossy yet laden with tannin, mineral and grunt. Has length and impact, while maintain its typical well mannered charm. Feels very much like a long term release.
These vines are amongst the oldest in Margaret River and provide an exceptional source of fruit for what is one of the region’s great cabernets. This vintage has achieved a deep complexity with its multi-layered palate that sees oak and fruit expertly woven together. There is real cabernet varietal character here that seems to move away from the traditional regional leafiness. A great wine.
Handpicked fruit was berry sorted before fermentation of 30 days on skins; 18 months in French oak (50% new). This is a glorious cabernet, its blackcurrant, cedar and spice bouquet leading into a seamless, perfectly balanced palate with cassis and redcurrant fruit framed by cedary oak; The amazing tannins, softly woven into the fabric of the fruit, gives this wine its ultimate class. Very different to the '11.
91% Cabernet principally from the estate's Wallcliffe vineyard (planted 1970, 1972, 1988). Elegant and classical in style. Perfumed nose with cedar and blackcurrant notes. Really fine texture and tannins. Long, fresh finish.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF