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.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Bright crimson-purple; fragrant red and black cherry fruit on the bouquet also runs fluently through the long, elegant, medium-bodied palate; as the wine moves to the finish, the spicy/savoury components become more obvious, yet still harmonious.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Natural, finely balanced and seamless, with a heady floral bouquet of blackberry confiture, cassis, mulberries and dark cherries lifted by musky scents of white pepper, knit with fine-grained cedar/mocha oak and backed by spicy notes of cloves and cinnamon. Underpinned by pliant, silky tannins, it’s long, savoury and elegant, with a deep, briary presence of perfectly ripened fruit revealing nuances of charcuterie meats and black pepper.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
Here is a perfect example of how good Margaret River shiraz can be. This is not your normal fruit bomb Aussie shiraz. There is a minerally grainy tannin structure supporting the mix of dense concentrated medium to full bodied fruit weight with fine grain oak. Has a seductive perfume and a seamless palate profile that has still to reveal its best.
I’d think this 2009 version is right up there with the best shiraz the estate has yet released. This 2009 shiraz came over all voluptuous and oak-driven at first but twenty or so minutes later it had transformed itself.It carries a beautiful swagger of fine, grainy, earthen tannin and while sure, it delivers a healthy doze of aniseedy, blackberried, plum-like fruit flavour – and sweet cedary oak – it still makes a solid attempt to be firm and dry. As a young wine you will need to be tolerant of fresh, new, high quality oak flavour. But this is a crackerjack shiraz from all angles.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF