Cape Mentelle Wine Margaret River
Cape Mentelle has a lower profile than sister winery CLOUDY BAY in New Zealand but has a similar reputation for quality thanks to the effortsof founder David Hohnen, who ran operations until 2003 when he was succeeded by the widely respected Dr Tony Jordan, who himself moved on in 2008. A young winemaking team headed by Rob Mann, Jack Mann’s grandson, has continued to win plaudits for the wines, made from some of the region’s oldest vines. Partially oaked, the Sémillon/SauvignonBlanc is brights, zesty and long with subtle oak influence; tight on release it benefits from a year in bottle. A single-vineyard selection, Wallcliffe, is from the same grapes (but with more Sauvignon) but, barrel-fermented with natural yeasts vinified in French oak shows much greater complexity, texture and structure. Chardonnay is powerful and complex, in recent years, leaner with more finesse. Among the reds Cabernet/Merlot from Trinders Vineyard has good depth, breadth and intensity allied to a very ripe dark berry fruit character in warm vintages. Better still is a Cabernet Sauvignon deserving of at least 6–7 years’ age. Intense and concentrated with well-judged oak, the wine shows an impressive purity of dark berry fruit complexity and length of flavour. Again, under Mann, the style shows greater lift and finesse. Dark fruits and black pepper characterise the Shiraz, which gets limited new oak, predominantly French. One of Margaret River’s best examples of the variety, it has the extra depth of fruit and gravitas to its tannin structure that derives from old vine fruit. A rare Australia example of Zinfandel is a classic of the variety: full, brambly and with not inconsiderable alcohol. Available locally are Georgiana, an unoaked blend from a mix of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin and Sémillon, and Marmaduke, from mostly Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Both are intended for fruity, early drinking.
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