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.
Predominantly from the estate vineyard, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, barrel-fermented in French barriques (one-third new), part wild, part cultured, yeast-fermented, matured for 9 months with weekly battonage. Gleaming straw-green; a super-elegant, yet extremely complex, wine, with pink grapefruit to the fore, balanced in both texture and flavour by buttery brioche.
Very restrained, subtle and finely crafted, with a delicate bouquet of peach, pear and pineapple aromas, creamy, nutty vanilla oak and restrained nuances of apple, cloves and cinnamon. It's smooth and polished, with a seamless, sweetly oaked presence of stonefruit, melon and faintly tropical flavour extending long and persistent, building intensity of flavour towards a tightly focused finish of brisk, lemony acidity.
If you’re cruising the aisles of a bottle shop and feel a little flustered, Cape Mentelle is invariably a safe bet. I’ve not done that for a while, though I hear Mattinson has been out doing a bit of cruising recently. Light spice, lime, ginger and almond. Bright, tangy, light gloss, touch of flint and light pineapple flavour with a little vanilla in the mix. Clean dry flinty finish. Very nice. Typical of the modern Cape Mentelle style. Give it a year or so before drinking, as it’s released too early.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF