A blend of varietals and vineyards with the majority of fruit produced on Cape Mentelle managed properties including the Estate, Chapman Brook and Crossroads vineyards along with selected growers The majority of these vineyard soils are derived from decomposed granite and consist of a gravelly loam over a deep clay subsoil. All the cabernets are cane pruned and vertically shoot positioned and managed to ensure balanced growth during the season.
Margaret River experienced amongst the warmest vintage on record and on a par with the very warm 2011 vintage. White varieties were all harvested in a rush and look fantastic with the fruit all in the winery by the end of February. The red varieties enjoyed a long warm ripening season that ensured beautiful mature tannins and bright varietal fruit flavors. Another great vintage for Margaret River.
After the fruit was destemmed and berry sorted, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 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 a 14 month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 13% were new.
14.0% alcohol, 5.5 g/l total acidity, 3.61 pH.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2017
"Oh boy, does this hit the mark of an affordable red wine. So well-structured with leafy blackburrant cabernet fruit superb, plus a palate-filling dollop of merlot completing a most elegant and stylish palate. There is plenty of supple sweet fruit in the middle but the sinewy tannin creates such a good balance to drive it to a long focused finish."
The Wine Front