The Cape Mentelle Team
Experienced and Innovative
The experienced and innovative team at Cape Mentelle are always progressing with forward looking ideas, handcrafted wines and an international perspective. Emphasis on fruit quality, sustainable viticulture and innovative technology in the winery are all an integral part of the quality control and vision in the pursuit of excellence.
Chief - Winemaking and Viticulture
Chief - Winemaking and Viticulture
A true local. Born in Busselton, a small coastal town just 30 minutes from Margaret River, David began working in vineyards at 18. The experience sparked a love for wine and viticulture, and he continued to work for local wineries while completing his Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Oenology at Curtin University. Aside from his experience in Margaret River, David has also worked in the Rutherglen and Great Western regions of Victoria and in the Rhone Valley, France.
Joining Cape Mentelle in April 2014, David shares our dedication to sustainability and innovation. He was a founding member of the Sustainability Sub-Committee for the Margaret River Wine Association and, in 2020, received the Margaret River Wine Show Viticulture Excellence Award.
With over 20 years of experience under his belt, David is focused on leading a strong, proud and dedicated team. His passion for the legacy of Cape Mentelle is at the forefront, driving uncompromising quality across the vineyards and winery and ensuring this is reflected in every bottle.
When he is not in the vineyards, he enjoys spending time with his young family and being in or on the ocean.
Growing up on New Zealand sheep and beef farms, Annabel developed a love of the land from an early age. Friends, family and the emergence of iconic local wine brands soon turned her passion towards viticulture. She loved that the industry allowed for a diverse range of careers and the opportunity to travel and work around the globe.
While completing a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University, Annabel worked summers in Marlborough and Central Otago. This valuable experience led to a full-time role with Peregrine Wines, where she spent the next five years working with incredible mentors across the winery, cellar door and vineyard. During this tenure, Annabel completed the 2018 vintage in Burgundy, further cementing her interest in the industry. Her passion and dedication to the field were recognised when she won the Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year in 2020.
Sun, surf, gourmet food, and (of course) premium wine soon lured Annabel to the Margaret River region. Since arriving at Cape Mentelle as Assistant Viticulturist in 2021, Annabel has involved herself in all aspects of viticulture. She is also a member of the blending committee, contributing to the wines from the vine to the bottle. Her talent ensured a promotion to Viticulturist in 2023, giving new opportunities to hone her skills in sustainable viticulture.
When not in the vineyards, Annabel enjoys being active in social sports, soaking in as much beach time as possible and enjoying the vast range of local eateries.
Hailing from the South West of France, Coralie naturally developed a passion for winemaking. After gaining her Master of Oenology and Viticulture and a National Degree of Oenology at SupAgro-Montpellier, she undertook her winemaking internship in Bordeaux at the prestigious Chateau Cheval Blanc in Saint Emilion and Chateau Beychevelle in Medoc.
Her pursuit of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay led Coralie to the Margaret River region. It became her platform for exploring the incredible diversity of reds and whites in the region, with its ideal climate and maritime influence.
Following stints at both Pierro and Fermoy, plus vintages in the Hunter Valley and New Zealand, Coralie joined the team at Cape Mentelle in 2015. She has played a pivotal role in crafting award-winning wines and innovating wine production, combining the old world with the new.
Married to an Australian, Coralie is firmly considered a Margaret River local and immerses herself in the region every chance she gets. When not in the cellar or vineyard, Coralie likes to spend time with her young family and crazy dog, trail running and riding her horse.
Born in Bordeaux, the beautiful vineyards and wineries of the region played the backdrop to her childhood, so it’s no surprise that she found herself in the winemaking industry.
After gaining a Masters in Vine and Wine Science in 2013 and a National Degree of Oenology in 2015, Camille completed an internship at Chateau Latour in Pauillac, France.
Passionate about Cabernet Sauvignon, she eventually found herself in Margaret River where she completed a vintage at Voyager Estate in 2016. It was a Coup de Coeur (love at first sight) - breath-taking landscapes, a thriving food scene and world-renowned Cabernets.
Bitten by the travel bug, she expanded her experience working vintages at Chateau Malescot Saint-Exupéry in France and Church Road Winery in New Zealand. She could not resist Margaret River and returned in 2018 to take on a position with Voyager Estate.
Camille joined the Cape Mentelle team as Assistant Winemaker in July 2019. In this position, Camille is responsible for management of the cellar staff and assisting the winemaking team in the planning and implementation of all the cellar operations and the development and maintenance of quality standards and operating procedures.
When not at the winery, you can find Camille enjoying one of the stunning beaches with her dog or catching up with friends over a glass of Margaret River’s finest at one of many cellar doors.