The Cabernet Merlot blend takes inspiration from the classic red wines of Bordeaux. Cape Mentelle has developed an international reputation for outstanding Bordeaux varietal and blended wines which are perfectly suited to the climate and soils of Margaret River. This blend seeks to capture the depth and structure of cabernet with the dark fruit and plush flavours of merlot, which when blended create a well- rounded, full and rich style.
The evidence for the stature of 2011 at Cape Mentelle is mounting, and this wine perfectly straddles the fence between generous fruit expression and enduring, graphite-like tannin texture. From the outset, it’s definitive Margaret River cabernet (with some merlot and dashes of cabernet franc and petit verdot). A bouquet of coffee bean, high cocoa dark chocolate and ground granite overlays a core of crunchy blackcurrants and generous cassis fruit. In classic Rob Mann manner, this is an unashamedly tannin-driven wine, delivering a particularly honed
Elegantly perfumed, the fruit, acid and oak effortlessly intertwined, the tannins subtle but effective. Long, classy, impressive wine.
A 63/25/7/5% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc fermented separately and spending up to 30 days in the fermenters, then spending 14 months in French barriques (20% new). A classy wine, the attention to detail rewarded by its bright redcurrant and cassis fruit supported by fine-grained tannins on the medium-bodied palate.
It took me some time to come around to this release of Cape Mentelle Trinders. It’s not a loud wine; you need to slow down to appreciate it. It’s mostly cabernet sauvignon and merlot with cabernet franc (5 percent) and petit verdot (7 percent) rounding out the blend.
It needs some air but it then reveals an exquisitely pure line of blackcurrant and violet-like fragrance and flavour. I wondered whether it quite had enough oomph at first but I came to think it’s better described as quietly insistent. A shy extrovert, you could say. Tannin here is all of grapey, velvety and dry and oak provides a casing of smoky spiciness, but no more than that. Shannon Lush would admire how neat, clean and tidy this wine presents. Is there a graphite quality here? It’s suggested. You could rename this wine Cape Mentelle The Understatement Red.