"The wines made here reflect their origins and regionality

and are consistently among the finest from the region.

The cabernet reaches exceptional heights”

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2017
 

Cabernet Merlot

This classic blend is beautifully balanced wine with the flavour, structure and length of cabernet enhanced by soft, rich merlot. Traditional winemaking including basket pressing and maturation in French oak has resulted in a concentrated and luxurious wine of great integrity.

Vintage Notes
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Type
Red

Cabernet Merlot Trinders 2015

Cape Mentelle has developed an international reputation for outstanding bordelaise varietals and blended wines which are perfectly suited to the climate and soils of Margaret River. This wine captures the depth and structure of cabernet with the dark fruit and plush flavours of merlot which, when blended with small amounts of cabernet franc and petit verdot, create a well- rounded, full and rich style.

Appearance
Ruby red.
Nose
Complex compote raspberries, plums and preserved cherries, with notes of fresh tobacco leaves, liquorice, black tea and deep smoky oak.
Palate
Flavours of bright, ripe, dark fruit, fresh plum and juicy cherries are supported by structuring oak that brings notes of cedar, black pepper and cardamom. Savoury spices linger in the smoky, wood-fire finish and invite another sip.
Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon 71%, Merlot 21%, Cabernet Franc 6%, Shiraz 1%, Petit Verdot 1%
Cellaring
Able to be opened and enjoyed fresh on release, this Cabernet Merlot may also be aged a dozen years or more in order to develop a rounder, mellow finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Grilled peppercorn-crusted hanger steak, beef carpaccio or chocolate mud cake. This wine will complement any gathering of friends and family and its approachability is sure to please.
The Vineyard
A blend of varietals and vineyards from Cape Mentelle’s Estate, Chapman Brook and Crossroads vineyards alongside standout parcels from selected growers. The majority of these vineyard soils are derived from decomposed granite and consist of a gravelly loam over a deep clay subsoil.
The Season
After a sunny and mild September 2014, Margaret River experienced a cool spring all the way to the year end. 2015 brought the driest January on record, on par with 2008 and concluded with some hot days in the mid 30s during the last week. The nights remained cool through summer, favouring delicate floral and red fruit flavours especially.
Winemaking
After the fruit was destemmed and berry sorted. Individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 45 days and 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 barrel following pressing for malolactic fermentation. Regular racking over a 14-month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected oak barrels, of which 5% were new.
Analysis
14.0% alcohol, 5.6 g/l total acidity, 3.65 pH

The Real Review

Huon Hooke
94

Deepish red colour with a faint tinge of purple. The bouquet initially presents smoked charcuterie aromas, suggesting lots of toasty oak has been employed. It's full-bodied, ripe and elegantly crafted, with fine balance, superb cabernet structure and terrific length. A delicious wine. I cannot remember a better Trinders.

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