Cape Mentelle’s Estate Vineyard was planted in 1970 and 1972 on a ridge of
free draining lateritic gravel between the township of Margaret River and the rugged south western coastline. For over 30 years the best parcels of cabernet sauvignon have been carefully managed to produce grapes with full concentrated flavour and a firm yet fine tannin profile. The grapes are hand harvested and sorted to ensure the best possible expression of fruit character and structure each year.
2007 was one of the earliest recorded vintages in Margaret River. The season was marked by a warm, dry growing season and modest yields. Conditions such as this produce amongst the best examples of cabernet and cabernet merlot blends, much like the exceptional 1999 vintage
in their opulence, varietal typicity and concentration.
After hand harvesting and sorting, destemming and light crushing, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for 25-30 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 were at their best prior
to blending. The wines were matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 40% were new with the balance being one year old. The final blend was completed in November 2008 and the wine was bottled the following month.
14% alcohol, 6.17 g/l total acidity, 3.57pH.