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Cape Mentelle - Cabernet Merlot 2014

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Frederique Perrin
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon. 29% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now-2019
Video Food Matching

Food Matching

Maple syrup glazed ham; Moroccan spit-roasted lamb; salted caramel mud cake.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 88 (2010) JS: 91 (2013) JH: 93 (2013) WF: 94 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

The Cabernet Merlot blend takes inspiration from the classic red wines of Bordeaux. Cape Mentelle has developed an international reputation for outstanding Bordeaux varietal and blended wines which are perfectly suited to the climate and soils of Margaret River. This blend seeks to capture the depth and structure of cabernet with the dark fruit and plush flavours of merlot, which when blended create a well- rounded, full and rich style. On the nose - Perfumed candied violets, cloves and black currant, with an inviting meaty note and hints of cocoa. Medium to full bodied palate with sweet ripe fruits of mulberry, plums and currants. The structure is fine with cocoa powder soft tannins providing great length and intensity of flavour balanced by a subtle mix of roasted spices.

Winery Information

Cape Mentelle

In the Margaret River region of Western Australia lies Cape Mentelle, a leading producer of the region, and one of the first wineries to be established here. The vineyards are located between the town of Margaret River and Cape Mentelle itself, and were planted by Mark and David Hoehnen, the latter perhaps better known for having subsequently established Cloudy Bay Vineyards, in 1970.. “Cape Mentelle is firing on all cylinders, with the winemaking team fully capitalising on the extensive.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2010)88 pts

Aug 2012. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Still labeled as the "Trinders" in Australia, the 2010 Cabernet Merlot has a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of freshly crushed black currants, black cherries and baking spices with hints of toasty oak and mocha. Medium-bodied with a backbone of medium-level chewy tannins and medium to high acid, it's just a little lacking in mid-palate flesh, though finishes long. Drink it now through 2016+.

James Suckling (2013)91 pts

February, 2016. A tight and tangy red with dried berry, cherry and hints of chocolate. Medium to full bodied, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.

James Halliday (2013)93 pts

It will age well because it's so well balanced. It's not about key features; it's about proportion. It presents an array of fresh berried flavours with bay leaf and clove complexity completing the picture. Appropriate levels of firm tannin and acidity mark this as a wine with a sound, steady future.

Wine Front (2014)94 pts

Curiously, I enjoyed this more than the much more expensive Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 I tried recently. Dark fruit, baking spices, bay leaf and peppermint dark chocolate, dark tobacco earthiness. Medium boded, earthy minerally and savoury, with fine gravelly tannin, plush mixed berry fruit and a long finish with a dusty trail of tannin. Top notch.

Vinification Notes

After the fruit was destemmed and berry sorted, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 30 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed, with harder pressings kept aside. The individual parcels were racked to oak following pressing for malolactic fermentation. Regular rackings over a 14 month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 13% were new.