Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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.
Another stunning cabernet from Mann. A tough call following 2008 and yet this is giving it a real nudge. Vibrant, bright colour in the glass. Opens with a mix of tobacco leaf and blackcurrant lifted with the exotic perfume of violets. When you get to the palate this is where it really starts to rock, with the wild mix of flavours supported by fine tannins and oak. It’s efortless and all style. Ranks with the finest from this great estate.
There is an understated effortlessness about this wine that will, time permitting, define it among the greatest Cape Mentelles of all. Every molecule of complexity and detail have been intricately assembled, with each nuance of young Margaret River cabernet character methodically ticked off, yet it upholds an astonishing approachability and an alcohol reading of just 13.5%. Fine, textural, gravelly tannins are impeccably poised and the length is mind- blowing. This is one of the top six Australian wines I have tasted in the past year.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
FINALIST FOR THE WINE OF THE YEAR
A majestic, polished and very sophisticated cabemet of wor1d standing. Deep aromas of violets, cassis, blueberries .and darkchocolate/cedary oak reveal smoky under tones of peat and graphite plus a whiff of musk and vanilla. Very dark and perfectly ripened, it's long and mineral, perfectly knit with assertive fine-grained oak and framed by very fine, polished and loose-knit tannins. There's a faint suggestionof dried herbs throughout the palate, but its ripeness is exemplary. Remarkably balanced and stable.
THIS Margaret River flagship is like an essence of cabernet sauvignon with a nose of blackcurrants, briar, musky florals and mint, backed by stylish cedary oak. The middleweight palate has superb balance, ultra-fine tannins and fragrant aftertaste. Reds usually showcase shiraz but regional cabernet can be impressive, too.
Australian Wine Companion 2013
A classic bouquet of redcurrant, black currant, cedar, olive and finely turned French oak; medium-bodied and certainly noblockbuster, the palate is elegantlytextured, silky and fine, building to a real crescendo of flavour; long, elegant and harmonious.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF