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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
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"The king of grapes and the emblematic wine that put Margaret River on the map"

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.

Deep crimson with purple edges, very youthful.
The generosity of the nose displays abundant brooding black fruits and a mix of dark cherries. The bouquet is completed with hints of cocoa nibs, flint, wild thyme and orange peel.
A vibrancy of concentrated blackberry fruits with dark bramble and vanilla spice. The dense and refined tannins are velvety and supple and the finish has lingering hints of minerality and mocha nuances.
Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Petit Verdot 10%, Merlot 4%
This wine has the structure and the intensity to be cellared for up to 20-30 years.
Food Pairing Notes
Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon is your best friend with pan roasted veal chops with rosemary and a bordelaise sauce. The winemakers also suggest peppercorn coated hanger steak with mushroom ragout. For desert, a chocolate fondant at least 70% cocoa content for a perfect finish.
The Vineyard
Sourced from our vineyards and one or two selected partner growers in Margaret River. These vineyards exhibit the classic, gravelly, lateritic soils that drain to the west and the microclimate is strongly influenced by the Indian Ocean within 5 km to our west. These vineyards are manually single cane pruned and 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
Winter provided average rainfall and spring delivered beautiful warm, dry conditions, perfectly setting up vintage 2016. A warm start to summer in January gave good fruit set and crop predictions. An unseasonal single rain event in late January delivered adequate soil moisture for full maturity in red varieties.
After destemming, individual berry sorting and light crushing, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 110 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 straight into barrel for secondary fermentation with all the “solids” included. The wines were matured with minimal rackings and a low sulphur regime for 18 to 20 months (depending on batches) in selected Bordeaux-shaped barrels of which about 55% were new. The wine was left unfined and was not filtered prior to bottling in December 2017.
14% alcohol, 5.9 g/l total acidity, 3.7pH.

Wine Companion

James Halliday

Cape Mentelle has some very expensive, but very effective, grape sorting equipment, and this may be part of the reason for the purity and the singularity of this beautiful cabernet. It's all there, all laid out for you, blackcurrant/cassis fruit, spicy/earthy undertones and perfectly ripened tannins standing guard over the fruit. The oak is subtle, but has been carefully orchestrated.

Good Food

Huon Hooke

The colour is deep and youthful, the bouquet marvellously complex, black fruit aromas intertwining with mossy undergrowth, tobacco, nori and dried-herb notes. It's a more elegant vintage of what can sometimes be a massive cabernet, yet still powerful and piercingly intense, with fine, soft tannins and a long carry.

The Real Review

The Real Review

Deep colour, good hue. The bouquet is marvellously complex: mossy undergrowth, sousbois, tobacco, nori and dried herbs galore. It's a more elegant style than the 2014 or 2009, understated and finessed yet piercingly intense with fine, soft tannins and a long carry. 

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License number: 6180025494. Type of License: Producer's License