Cape Mentelle has a rich history of exceptional quality and consistency with Cabernet Sauvignon from a pioneering producer in Margaret River in the early 1970's to a benchmark producer today. A single vineyard wine with the style evolving over time, the aim always to define a wine displaying classic varietal character and opulence, strong regional identity and with the structure and fruit intensity to improve with extended cellaring.
A wine that just oozes classic cabernet. Powerful black currant dusty minerally palate strikes a great balance between fruit and oak. It’s firm yet there is generosity in the middle. Controlled and focused with immense length and mid- palate weight. Great wine.
A delicious wine, flowing harmoniously across the tongue, yet with the structure expected of cabernet; the vibrant cassis and blackcurrant fruit produces the magic.
[In Margaret River] The wines have an elegance matched by underlying power and finish with gravelly tannins. The fruit can be gloriously lush.
Cape Mentelle Margaret River’s cabernet is made from 38 years old vines, among the region oldest. The 2004 vintage shows archetypal regional personality. The nose of dark chocolate, blackcurrant, cedar and spice has some slightly wild, meaty notes thrown in. It combines great texture and concentration with elegance, finishing with fine-grained, chalky tannins.
It opens up meaty with some charry reduction but given a good splash round up comes essence of dark fruit, raisins embedded in dark chocolate and a touch of mint. It has great power and drive on the palate and even though it’s fruit profile is essentially dark and brooding (with flecks of green) there are some red fruit notes breaking through and it’s also surprisingly fresh and lively. Structurally first rate with firm but beautifully ripe tannins and excellent length of flavour with a savoury tobacco tinged aftertaste.
It’s a lot of money, but this is a lot of cabernet and will definitely reward cellaring. Elegant, tightly knit with savoury tannins, the attraction is as much about the texture as it is about the flavour. The aroma is just starting to develop and a couple of years will add more nuances.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF