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.
A regular visitor to Margaret River since 2000, Cameron joined Cape Mentelle as Estate Director in July 2014. Now living in idyllic Margaret River, he has a long-held passion for Cape Mentelle and the surrounding region as Australia’s finest.
Following various wine industry management & business roles based in Australia and the UK, Cameron joined the Moët Hennessy group in 2005 as Key Account Manager based in Sydney and then onto Queensland State Manager before becoming Business Development Manager for the Moet Hennessy Estates & Wines portfolio in 2008, representing the international wine estates within the Asia Pacific markets.
Cameron is now responsible for Cape Mentelle’s overall business with a focus on communicating Margaret River’s unique wine proposition and qualities around the world, and ensuring Cape Mentelle continues to be at the leading edge of Australia’s best wineries.
Frederique joined Cape Mentelle in September 2014 from Champagne Krug where she was Oenology and Production Manager. Frederique has been part of the Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines Division since 2007. Along with Krug, she has crafted wines at Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyard in the Napa Valley, Moët & Chandon in Epernay, and Terrazas De Los Andes in Mendoza.
Born in France, Frederique has an Agricultural Engineering Diploma, a Winemaking Degree and a Master of Science in Oenology, Viticulture & Wine Marketing from ENSAM-SupAgro in Montpellier. Frederique's winemaking career has taken her around the world with the 2015 vintage at Cape Mentelle a return to Margaret River since her first overseas vintage in 1999 at Leeuwin Estate.
With responsibility across the Winemaking, Viticulture and Production teams, Frederique’s passion and international experience ensure the Cape Mentelle wine portfolio continues to strengthen its reputation of outstanding quality, consistency and excellence.
A referral to Pierro winery in 2008 led Coralie to Margaret River and provided a platform for her to discover the incredible diversity of whites and reds in this region, with its ideal climate and maritime influence.
Coralie commenced her winemaking internship in Bordeaux at Chateau Cheval Blanc in Saint Emilion & Chateau Beychevelle in St Julien in Medoc, after studying a Masters of Oenology and Viticulture with a National Degree of Oenology at Agro-Montpellier. This pursuit of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon eventually led her to Cape Mentelle in 2015. Married to an Australian, Coralie has now settled in Margaret River and is conducting her twelfth local vintage and fifth with Cape Mentelle. When not in the cellar or vineyard Coralie likes to spend time with her young family and enjoys running her dog and riding her horse.
A true local, born in Busselton a small coastal town just 30 minutes from Margaret River, David began working in vineyards at 18 which sparked a passion for wine and viticulture. 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. With over 15 years wine experience under his belt, David is focused on creating a strong, proud and passionate team.
David's ongoing ambition is to ensure that the Cape Mentelle vineyards provide our winemakers with grapes of the highest quality and unlocking the secrets of growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon. When he is not in the vineyards he enjoys spending time with his young family and exploring the beautiful remote coastlines of the region.
Raised in Perth, Western Australia, David left the city to pursue a keen interest in viticulture and winemaking. Inspired by time spent during weekends and holidays in the south-west of the state, he relocated to Margaret River in 1998 with the aim of making a career in wine.
After several years working both in the vineyard and winery, David decided to concentrate on winemaking and completed a Bachelor of Science (Wine Science) at Charles Sturt University in 2005.
He has over 20 years of industry experience working at several of Margaret River’s benchmark wineries including Moss Wood and Juniper Estate. David spent five years as Winemaker at custom crush facility Naturaliste Vintners; maintaining relationships with up to 30 contract clients. Before joining Cape Mentelle as Operations Winemaker in July 2018, his most recent role was Chief Winemaker at Credaro Family Estate since 2010.
David is a regular judge in the Australian Wine Show system and has been involved for 14 years including multiple positions at the Perth Royal Wine Show, Wine Show of Western Australia, Royal Hobart Wine Show and The Australian Small Winemakers Show in Queensland.