Cape Mentelle

best drinking summer wine


Cape Mentelle chardonnay 2015 ($50…check)

The linear mouth feel and structure are features of this excellent chardonnay. The nose has a slightly spicy grapefruit character. he palate is tightly framed with a beautiful richness that is held with precision to a very long finish. Oak has been well managed to complement the quality fruit. Little lick of lime and ginger on the finish.

Score: 93/100    Cellar: 6 years

Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe sauvignon blanc semillon 2013 ($49)

One of the most distinctive wines made in Margaret River. It displays such richness and depth of fruit with oak playing an important part. Beautiful mix of lemon zest and vanilla with stone fruit and orange zest swirling through it. Has been refined from the earlier versions to the current style while losing nothing in fruit weight and complexity. Love the style with a few years of age on it.

Score: 93/100    Cellar: 10 years

Cape Mentelle Trinders cabernet merlot 2014 ($31)

Oh boy, does this hit the mark for an affordable red wine. So well-structured with leafy blackcurrant cabernet fruit superb, plus a palate filling dollop of merlot  completing a most  elegant and stylish palate. There is plenty of supple sweet fruit in the middle but the sinewy tannin creates such a good balance to drive it to a long focused finish.

Score: 92/100    Cellar: 7 years

Cape Mentelle shiraz 2014 ($41)

When the wines of Cape Mentelle are stacked up it is often easy to ignore how good the shiraz have been over the years. This is another. Plump fruit balanced with a degree of chalky angular tannins. There is a beautiful softness about the palate with a gravelly and lightly loam character for complexity. Excellent weight in the mouth. Dry and slightly firmish finish.

Score: 92/100    Cellar: 10 years

Cape Mentelle Dry Red Blend No. 34 2014 ($49)

This is a new release from Cape Mentelle. The fruit is fully ripe with a slightly assertive structure. Loads of concentration and depth through the palate. The tannins have a chalky character while the fruit is robust and firm. It’s a wine with substance and presence that will evolve nicely

Score: 91/100    Cellar: 8 years

Cape Mentelle zinfandel 2014 ($65)

A bold statement of zinfandel with a typically high alcohol but a rather seductive and smooth talking palate. Loads of black fruits with classic cherry and fruit cake richness, dark chocolate and a decent sprinkle of spices. Despite the ripeness and the alcohol this is one of the more elegant examples of this distinctive variety.

Score: 91/100     Cellar: 6 years

Cape Mentelle cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($98)

One of the State’s most famous cabernets. A slightly more robust expression of the variety than recent vintages. The tannins are grainy with subtle assertiveness. The fruit is ripe and generous. It’s a robust structure with deep concentration of fruit that extends to a sustained finish. It has the structure to handle extended cellaring.

Score: 94/100    Cellar: 18 years

Cape Mentelle sauvignon blanc semillon 2016 ($26)

This sauvignon blanc dominant blend packs in plenty with a deep and robust palate really punching out loads of character and flavour intensity. Tropical fruit is fully ripe with just a hint of grassiness edginess on the finish. Crisp acid sustains the finish.

Score: 90/100    Cellar: 4 years





Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe 2013 ($49)

This wonderful expression of Margaret River sauvignon blanc semillon has changed over the years. It is now a more refined and subtle wine though still with those oak
influences adding some thoroughly delicious complexity. This one has a slightly viscous mouthfeel but with a fine cutting edge of citrus and mineral acidity. Very long
palate. Will cellar for many years.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 10 years

Cape Mentelle chardonnay 2014 ($41)

Another mighty good chardonnay showing the continued evolution of the style. Beautifully complex aromas of grapefruit and subtle mealy grapefruit with a
trace of lightly roasted cashew. A slight hint of spicy lime characters add another layer of interest. The palate is controlled and refined with great length. Finishes with a lick of minerally acidity.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 7 years

Cape Mentelle Wilyabrup 2012 ($49)

This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc from a single vineyard in the northern Wilyabrup region. There is a deep complexity in here
with medium to full palate providing the perfect platform to express the beautiful texture and fruit flavours. It’s so smooth and silky yet there is power and richness. Lovely the distinctive meaty blackcurrant characters that seem to come from this vineyard.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 12 years

Cape Mentelle shiraz 2013 ($39)

Another gorgeous example of Cape Mentelle shiraz. This one is one of the lightest I can recall yet it lacks nothing in fruit flavour, intensity and style. Beautifully
seductive plum and spice on the nose with a dash of black pepper. Gravelly textured palate with silky smooth oak integration.

Supremely balanced with a velvety finish.

SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 9 years

Cape Mentelle zinfandel 2013 ($59)

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.

SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 10 years

Cape Mentelle cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($98)

The cabernets from Cape Mentelle in recent years have reached a new plane of excellent. This is yet another that confirms the place of this producer among the greatest of the region. Leafy tobacco-like notes with such attractive perfumed fruits on the nose. The palate is so refined and elegant yet with deep concentrated intensity of fruit supported by chalky tannins and fine grained oak.

Polished and refined through to its long finish.

SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 15 years
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