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2013 Chardonnay

2013 Chardonnay
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"A super elegant, extremely complex wine, with pink grapefruit to the fore, balanced in both texture and flavour by buttery brioche." James Halliday

Margaret River has established an international reputation for high quality chardonnay. The Cape Mentelle style draws inspiration from traditional methods to produce a wine displaying aromatic complexity and a fine, textured palate with a long, clean finish.

Pale straw with lime hues
Vibrant and complex with fresh grape fruit, chalk dust, pear, lime and Crème Brulee
Intense and powerful with complex juicy fruits of lemon and grapefruit balanced by subtle spicy vanillin oak and toasted brioche. The richness is perfectly balanced by a tight acid backbone and a mouth filling creamy texture carrying the fruit flavours to a long and bright finish.
100% chardonnay.
Drink now to 2027
Food Pairing Notes
Char Grilled half of Western Australian rock lobster served with crusty sour dough bread and butter.
The Vineyard
Fruit is predominantly sourced from Cape Mentelle’s Chapman Brook Vineyard located in the cooler Southern half of Margaret River. The Chardonnay is both spurred and cane-pruned and vertical shoot positioned producing an upright open canopy. The majority of these vineyards are planted to the Mendoza (GinGin) clone of chardonnay, which has proven to be particularly successful in the Margaret River region.
The Season
The lead up to harvest experienced a wild, cool and windy November which interrupted flowering and fruit set and ultimately resulted in the lowest yields for a decade. The summer leading into the 2013 vintage recorded temperatures well above average with perfect ripening conditions with white fruit harvested quickly and early in February. Another great vintage for Margaret River.
Hand-picked bunches were elevated into our membrane press and the resulting free-run juice was left to settle overnight. The following day the juice was racked into Burgundian coopered French oak barriques, of which approximately one third were new. Fermentation proceeded by both natural and selected yeast strains. The wine matured in barrel for nine months, during which battonage and topping was carried out weekly. Batches were individually assessed and those meeting the requisite standard were blended in October and bottled in November 2013, after stabilisation in tank.
13.0%alcohol, 7.3g/l total acidity, 3.16pH.

Australian Wine Companion 2015

James Halliday

Predominantly from the estate vineyard, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, barrel-fermented in French barriques (one-third new), part wild, part cultured, yeast-fermented, matured for 9 months with weekly battonage. Gleaming straw-green; a super-elegant, yet extremely complex, wine, with pink grapefruit to the fore, balanced in both texture and flavour by buttery brioche.

The Australian Wine Annual 2015

Jeremy Oliver

Very restrained, subtle and finely crafted, with a delicate bouquet of peach, pear and pineapple aromas, creamy, nutty vanilla oak and restrained nuances of apple, cloves and cinnamon. It's smooth and polished, with a seamless, sweetly oaked presence of stonefruit, melon and faintly tropical flavour extending long and persistent, building intensity of flavour towards a tightly focused finish of brisk, lemony acidity.

Chardonnay Challenge 2014

James Halliday

The Wine Front, August 2014

Gary Walsh

If you’re cruising the aisles of a bottle shop and feel a little flustered, Cape Mentelle is invariably a safe bet. I’ve not done that for a while, though I hear Mattinson has been out doing a bit of cruising recently. Light spice, lime, ginger and almond. Bright, tangy, light gloss, touch of flint and light pineapple flavour with a little vanilla in the mix. Clean dry flinty finish. Very nice. Typical of the modern Cape Mentelle style. Give it a year or so before drinking, as it’s released too early.

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