Cape Mentelle Shiraz draws inspiration from the techniques and wines of the Northern Rhône Valley in France. The fruit is destemmed, berry sorted, cold soaked and traditionally fermented. Maturation in both large oak vats and small barriques is aimed at retaining the refined fruit, floral and spice characters of the variety.
Stylish, meaty and savoury, this measured, polished shiraz has a deep, rather closed bouquet of dark plums and berries, tight-knit gamy cedar/vanilla oak and dried herbs backed by white pepper, cloves and nutmeg. Elegant but profoundly flavoured, it’s long, supple and fine-grained, delivering a seamless marriage of deep plum, blackberry and blueberry flavour, fine-grained oak and a firm, but pliant undercarriage of fine tannin.
An often underrated wine is the Cape Mentelle shiraz. Yet when you taste something like this you really have to wonder why. Gorgeous scented nose with lifted floral spices. The palate is seamlessly woven with fine ripe tannins, fine grained oak and beautifully sweet medium weight fruit intensity. Super length and palate persistence. One of the best in this distinguished line.
... This release is smooth and soft, fruit-driven and easy to enjoy. It’s all mulberry and dark cherry and meaty, musky, smoky oak. It’s fine and elegant and yet fully, sweetly ripe ... this is a very attractive release.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF