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 restrained and elegant wine, with red fruits, cedar and a suggestion of violets the central theme; elegant, tightlywoundandunevolvedonthepalate,showingaslipperytexture; thefinishrevealsthewine’struedepthof personality with structure in complete harmony with the fruit.
This rich and powerful Margaret River red shows blackcurrant, mulberry and bay leaf characters with some floral notes on the nose, blackcurrant and chocolate on the palate, along with long, fine, firm tannins on the finish.
We’ve all been waiting with bated breath, for just what Rob Mann is capable of in Margaret River. Here it is, his third vintage, the season from the gods, every single berry individually selected, in slick new livery. A classical but low yielding year has produced gravelly, graphite-like tannins of Bordeaux classed-growth proportions, promising longevity to match. Seamless black- and redcurrants, cedar, tobacco, dark chocolate, coffee bean and cocoa never deviate from medium-bodied aspirations, while subtly, accurately capturing the concentration and precision of the season.
All class. Redcurrant and blackcurrant, subtle choc-vanilla oak and a bay leaf perfume. It’s medium weight, lively and fresh with finely etched pixelated tannin and impressive flow and length. A second day’s tasting revealed more complex, savoury earthy mineral flavours. It seems to have been picked just on the cusp of perfect ripeness to balance flavour with freshness. And I’m on the cusp too, caught between a 95 and 96 point rating, although that’s not an uncomfortable situation in which to find oneself. I’d imagine it will cellar for a very long time.
This is a great cabernet that perfectly captures the essence of the excellent vintage, the character of the vineyard and the distinctive style of Margaret River. Dusty oak and black olive characters on the nose. The palate is perfectly poised with fine firm tannins, silky fine grained oak and fruit of extraordinary intensity and finesse. This is a wine that sits comfortably in the highest echelon of Australian cabernets.
Youthful, rather closed and brooding, with a deep, cedary, dark-fruited bouquet presently rather impenetrable in its youth, but slowly revealing notes of dark chocolate with red and black fruits. Long and sumptuous, it’s firm, drying and grainy, delivering deep, profound and classic cabernet characters of cassis, mulberries, dark cherries tightly knit with faintly smoky, chocolate/cedar oak. Exceptionally long and complete.
THE BEST OF THE BEST
This 2008 Cape Mentelle cabernet shows impressive poise from the outset, with a swathe of ripe, bright cassis and cherry fruit on offer. There’s a wealth of ripe, dark roasting herbs here too, fresh-laid concrete, wet earthy aromas and beautifully integrated French oak. The palate carries such impeccable balance as to appear effortless and airy; flavours are in the dark-cherry and cassis spectrum, with some hazelnut oak flavour layered through the latter stages, Tannins sweep in layers and build creeping length and intensity through the finish. Superb world-class cabernet.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF