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.
In many ways this is the zin against which all others are judged. And without doubt this is one of the best I can recall. Lovely mix of plums and fruitcake with a deep blackberry brambly influence. Loads of spices and dark chocolate. Yet the balance and effortless length of the palate provide such a refined mouthfeel. I have to say I’m not generally a zin fan, but this one might just change all that.
Deep, bright red/purple hue; black fruit and licorice aromas, with a hint of cough medicine. The palate is very full-bodied and dense, rich and super-ripe, with fruit sweetness in the mid-palate followed by massive tannins. A good, well-made wine which has a lot of cellar potential.
Took me a while to get my head around this release. It’s warm with alcohol and rugged with tannin, neither of which are necessarily negatives but both of which can obscure exactly what’s going on with the fruit/palate. As it breathed though clear flavours of raspberry, anise and bitumen ushered forward, mint no more than an afterthought. It’s good to very good. And, if drinking young, benefits from being decanted.Download all reviews for this vintage as PDF