"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
 

Shiraz Single Vineyard

In the quest to showcase the best of each Margaret River vintage we often come across exceptional parcels of fruit that are so individual, arresting and complete that they demand their own exclusive bottling.

Type
Red

Shiraz Single Vineyard 2015

In 2015 the Cape Mentelle Trinders Vineyard-block 5, located behind the vineyard shed, bore fruit so intense and reminiscent of the finest Christmas ‘treats’, that it had to be set aside from any blending. After 18 months of barrel maturation the winemaking team was excited to bottle just 200 cases of this unfiltered batch.

Appearance
The deepest, youthful, dark ruby
Nose
Marrying power and elegance, the nose is an explosion of aromas; orange bitters, citrus marmalade, pink peppercorns, slow roasted game, charcuterie, with a hint of spiced vanilla oak notes
Palate
The palate is intense and youthful with dark roasted spice notes; cardamom, black peppercorns, mace and chocolate-covered candied orange. A heady floral element reminiscent of spring lilac and wisteria lingers. Despite the freshness and intensity of the fruit, the mid-palate is full-weight, masculine and muscular, the tannins leaving just enough room for elegant notes of toasted cinnamon oak that lingers and warms
Blend
Shiraz 100%
Cellaring
20+ years
Food Pairing Notes
This wine cries for rich holiday dinners and family celebrations. We recommend a “poachers” menu with a starter of rabbit terrine, wild pheasant in shitake broth with bread dumpling for the entrée, followed by a main of roast venison with root vegetables and truffle mashed potatoes
The Vineyard
Sourced exclusively from our block 5, located on Cape Mentelle’s original Trinders Vineyard in Margaret River. This area exhibits the classic gravelly, lateritic, free-draining soils where the microclimate is strongly influenced by the Indian ocean just 5 km to our west. The block is manually spur-pruned and the individual vines are meticulously handled throughout the season with intensive canopy management to ensure best fruit exposure. In April 2015 this Shiraz fruit was hand-harvested in into small 6.5kg crates to allow careful delivery to the winery, 300m down the gravel path
The Season
After a sunny and mild September 2014, Margaret River experienced a cool spring all the way to year’s end. 2015 brought the driest January on record, on par with 2008 and concluded with some hot days in the mid-thirties during the last week of January. The nights remained cool through summer, especially favouring delicate floral and red fruit flavours. The red harvest was challenging due to sporadic April rain but patience was rewarded as the fruit dried beautifully to show expressive varietal characters, particularly in Shiraz
Winemaking
After hand-tipping, destemming, individual berry sorting and light crushing the batch was fermented then soaked on skins for 50 days. Barrel work was introduced early in the rotation for the best integration. It was then gently basket pressed and racked to barrel, 50% of them new with approximately 80% French and 20% American in origin, for malolactic fermentation. The wine then matured in those barrels for 18 months with minimal sulphur and limited aerative racking
Analysis
14.0% alcohol, 6.1 g/l total acidity, 3.56 pH

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James Suckling
96

The aromas for this are fantastic with quartz, spice, smoked meat and dark berry. Full body. Chewy tannins and a juicy finish. This is decadent and exotic. Intense.

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