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Zinfandel 2008

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Introduced to the Cape Mentelle vineyard from California in 1974, zinfandel is a particularly demanding variety to manage both in the vineyard and the winery. The resulting unique and hedonistically rich wine makes all the hard work worthwhile and as such the Cape Mentelle Zinfandel has developed something of a ‘cult’ following for lovers of bold red wines.

Dark red and crimson.
A sweet luscious bowl of blackberries and ripe currants lures the nose to an array of sweet spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and anise. Dark chocolate and a fragrant violet lift enhances its intensity.
A rich, soft and textural palate is characterised by dark berries and cherry ripe. Fine powdery tannins complete a very silky palate.
100% zinfandel.
Drink now to 2020.
Food Pairing Notes
Five-spice duck breast with muscatels.
The Vineyard
The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Estate Vineyards of Wallcliffe and Trinders along with a 38 year old vineyard in the Wilyabrup sub region of Margaret River. The soils are predominantly deep sandy loams with high lateritic gravel content over clay. Shoot and leaf removal techniques were used to ensure a balance between fruit exposure to light whilst providing protection from the midday sun.
The Season
A wet winter and warm spring encouraged uniform growth in all varieties. An ideal flowering period marked the beginning of a long dry spell lasting until mid-February. The harvest for red varietals was ideal with finished wines defined by excellent tannin structure and length. The vintage is sure to be amongst the greatest vintages for red wines in Margaret River.
The zinfandel was handpicked in the first week of March. After destemming, the must was allowed to soak for several days prior to fermentation to soften up the raisins before being inoculated with a vigorous yeast strain. The wine steadily fermented to dryness prior to basket pressing directy to large oak vats and barriques for malolactic fermentation and maturation. We used 25% new oak barrels, primarily French, for a total of 18 months.
15% alcohol, 6.3g/l total acidity, 3.6 pH.

The Australian Wine Annual 2012

Jeremy Oliver

A brilliant modern zin - an artful reflection of the more perfumed and fine-grained Margaret River reds from 2008. It’s scented with spicy, floral and meaty aromas of cranberries, blackberries, redcurrants and raspberries, with undertones of bitumen, cloves and cinnamon. Long and supple, with tight-fisted layers of pristine red and blue fruits, it builds in strength and density towards its lingering and finely astringent finish.

Geelong Advertiser

Jule Hobbs

You can immidiately tell this Margaret River wine is quality from the very first nose. Better yet, it only improves until the last drop. Rich, bold and smooth tastes deliver a full mouthfeel.

Clarence Life

Simon Hughes

The Big Ant voted this the "best of night" and in heady company, both of which point to this as very much a pointy (master) end wine.


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