2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Cape Mentelle has a rich history of exceptional quality and consistency with Cabernet Sauvignon, from a pioneering producer in Margaret River in the early 1970s to a benchmark winery today.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon is the culmination of an intensely detailed approach to our vineyards and grape selection. From our vigour and soil mapping techniques to the identification of select parcels and hand-harvesting bunch by bunch, we ensure gentle handling through every stage of production.
Halliday Wine Companion 2024
In recent years, Cape Mentelle has elevated itself from an iconic red producer with impressive whites to one of this country’s leading wineries, red and white. The Chardonnays especially, have gone to new levels. They sit with the nation’s best. 74% from the Chapman vineyard, the remainder from the Crossroads. 100% gingin clone. 100% whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented and matured in French oak, for a period of ten months.
A pale lemon hue, appropriate as the nose offers lovely lemony notes. A crème brulee character with lemon meringue hints. The oak is immaculately integrated. Fragrant, most appealing, the wine is exquisitely balanced. The finish lingers beautifully. A very high quality Chardonnay, representative of CM’s elevated status as a producer of this variety. It also provides yet more compelling evidence of what a brilliant region the Margaret River is for this great white grape. Enjoy over the next six to ten years.
Spicy and meaty, this shows a strong emphasis on the oak-derived character, with some leafy complexity across dark berries. The palate has great length and depth with a high thread-count quality to the tannins. Long and seamless with plenty of rich dark-berry fruit impact. Drink or hold.
Ray Jordan Wine
One of the wines which helped put Margaret River on the map. This is pure essence of cabernet with thick dark blackcurrant fruit displayed brightly on the nose and then into the palate. It’s super concentrated but refined at the same time. About 18 months in oak has been lapped up hungrily by the fruit and then loaded on to a palate that is driven with urgency to a very long finish.