"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 Sauvignon

This is the ultimate expression of a single vineyard site crafted from the mature, low yielding vines of our Estate Vineyard. This opulent cabernet has the complexity, intensity and elegance to benefit from extended cellaring.

Vintage Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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 winery today. An exceptional terroir wine, always representative of the vintage conditions, with a strong regional identity and the structure and fruit intensity to improve with extended cellaring.    

Deep red garnet
A rush of intense ripe red fruits comes first to the nose with expressive notes of dark cherry, strawberry and Satsuma plum. The bouquet is then completed with aromas of blond caramel, vanilla and peppercorns, along with subtle hints of smoky oak and cocoa nibs
A bright attack of ripe plums, black and red cherry leading to delicate notes of smoky oak and liquorice and hints of wild game and forest floor. The structural and fine tannins combined with a well-balanced acidity provide a beautiful mouthfeel
Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 9%, Petit Verdot 3%, Shiraz 3%
This wine has such a structure and intensity that it can be cellared for up to 20-30 years
Food Pairing Notes
We recommend lean meat: beef tartare, venison carpaccio. It is also an excellent match with oyster mushrooms marinated in truffle butter or to accompany a delicious chocolate mud cake
The Vineyard
Sourced from our vineyards and a few selected partner growers in Margaret River. This area exhibits the classic gravelly lateritic soils that drain to the west and the microclimate is strongly influenced by the Indian ocean only 5 km away. These vineyards are manually cane pruned, meticulously treated as individual vines throughout the season and hand harvested in 6.5Kg crates that allow each section to be handled with all the particular care it deserves
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
After destemming, individual berry sorting and light crushing, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 70 days. Ferment management is decided every day by tasting and follows no recipe. 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. The wines were matured with minimal rackings for 18 to 20 months (depending on batches) in selected bordeaux-shaped barrels of which about 55% were new. The wine is left unfined and undergoes only minimal polishing filtration
13.7% alcohol, 5.62 g/l total acidity, 3.69 pH

Wine Companion

James Halliday

This should be the least ready of the trio of Cape Mentelle '15 siblings, but is the most ready. It is absolutely delicious now, with all of its flavour, texture and structure ducks in a row. It's the stealthy softness of the tannins, which are there, and will continue to do what is required of them for decades to come.

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