"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


A unique wine from the 40+ year-old, low-yielding bush vines of our original Estate Vineyard. It is Australia's leading example of this bold and generous variety.

Vintage Notes

Zinfandel 2011

Zinfandel 2011

Introduced to the Estate Vineyard from California in 1974, Zinfandel is a particularily 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 lover of such a style.

Dark mulberry.
Dark and brooding with satsuma plums, aniseed, cinnamon, vanilla and lanolin.
Plush, rich and intense with liquorice allsorts, blackberry conserve, dark chocolate and cherry. A strong core of natural acidity keeps the palate tight and linear with a touch of vanillan oak adding to the impressive length and complexity.
100% zinfandel.
Drink now to 2031.
Food Pairing Notes
Salt and pepper quail.
The Vineyard
Cape Mentelle’s Zinfandel was planted in 1974 on a ridge of free draining lateritic gravel on an east west row orientation to minimise the affects of strong westerly sea breezes. Traditionally planted to low density bush vines this vineyard requires fastideous attention to detail to ensure only the best quality fruit is produced.
The Season
The 2011 harvest in Margaret River was warm, dry and early, continuing an excellent run of recent vintages. Warm nights and above average daily temperatures throughout the growing season led to very early ripening across all varieties with harvest commencing earlier than any of the last 5 vintages. Ripe, plush, velvet tannins and abundant fruit flavour are the result of this outstanding vintage.
The zinfandel was handpicked in the first week of March. After destemming and individual berry sorting, the must was allowed to soak at cool temperatures for several days prior to fermentation. 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 French oak barrels for a total of 18 months. The wine was bottled in November 2012.
14.5% alcohol, 6.1 g/l total acidity, 3.6 pH.

The Australian Wine Annual 2014

Jeremy Oliver

Plush, smooth and unctuous, unfolding a profoundly floral, musky and heady bouquet of rose petals, blackberries, blueberry confiture with a wildness and genuine depth of perfume. Smooth and silky, it reveals a lustrous, layered and faintly brambly presence of cherries, plums and dark berries tightly knit with an ultra-fine grade of polished tannin and finishing with exceptional freshness. Simply beautiful clarity, structure and depth of flavour.

Australian Wine Companion 2014

James Halliday

The oldest practitioner of zinfandel in Australia, going back to David Hohnen’s first years as a vigneron, the vines the oldest in Australia. The colour is of medium depth, the aromas and flavours are of spire, tobacco leaf, cherry and raspberry, the tannins fine, the oak incidental.

Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine

Huon Hooke

This is that rare creature, a balanced zinfandel with properly ripe fruit. Loaded with blackberry and mixed spice aromas, it’s big, bold and straightforward with rich, powerful flavour and swathes of gripping tannins. Powerful and very, very good.

David Prestipino, The Sunday Times

David Prestipino

A spicy, dusty zin that’s as long and smooth as a seasoned pop crooner. Blackcurrant hits the palate before dark cherry washes the finish.

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