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Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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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.

Deep complex and intense black currant, rolled tobacco, violets, wet slate, dutch cocao, iodine and wild thyme
Powerful and intense with a deep concentrated marriage of fruit flavours including red and black currants, liquorice and courveture. The characteristic fine yet firm structural tannins frame the fruit perfectly and carry the flavours and balance the mineral elements from the vineyard to provide an incredibly long and classically structured finish.
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
30 years +
Food Pairing Notes
Roasted rack of lamb, parsnips, carrots and rosemary served on Paris mash with a Cabernet jus.
The Vineyard
Cape Mentelles Estate vineyard was first planted in 1970 and 1972 with additional plantings in 1988 on a ridge of free draining lateritic gravel on an east west row orientation to minimise the effects of strong westerly sea breezes. For over 30 years the best parcels of Cabernet have been carefully managed to produce grapes with full concentrated flavour and with a firm yet fine tannin profile. The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted berry by berry to ensure the best possible expression of fruit character and structure each year.
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 fruit harvested in perfect condition and completed by early April prior to heavy late April rains.
The handpicked fruit underwent destemming and berry sorting followed by light crushing. Individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 30 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed, with harder pressings kept aside. The individual parcels were racked to oak following pressing for malolactic fermentation. Regular rackings over an 18 month period ensured the individual wines are at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 50% were new with the balance being one year old. The final blend was completed in October 2013 and bottled in November 2013.

Wine Showcase Magazine


Nose has ripe cassis fruit running through. Complex textured palate with layers of cassis fruit and soft tannins.

2014 Top 100 Australian Wines

James Halliday

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.

The Australian Wine Annual 2015

Jeremy Oliver

Top 100 Australian wines &  Top 10 Australian Cabernets

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.


Tyson Stelzer

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.

The Wine Front August 2014

Gary Walsh

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.

The West Australian Wine Guide 2015

Ray Jordan

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.

2016 Halliday Wine Companion

James Halliday

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.


James Lawther

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.

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