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Cape Mentelle

Cape Mentelle was founded in 1970 by brothers David [who went on to establish New Zealand's Cloudy Bay in 1985], Mark and Giles Hohnen in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. It is one of Margaret River's founding five wineries and, as such, pioneered the wine styles of the region which have a more European flavour than other Australian wine areas, and is especially known for refined Cabernet Sauvignon, citrussy Chardonnay, and grassy Bordeaux white blends. The name of the winery comes from the nearby Cape, which French navigator Nicolas Baudin named when he charted the coast of Western Australia in 1801 after two French scientists - geographer Edmund Mentelle and his cartographer brother Francois-Simon. The Cape Mentelle venture was established with 16 hectares on what is now known as the Wallcliffe vineyard on deep gravelly soils, their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced exclusivity from this original vineyard, and is regarded as one of Australia's finest Cabernets. The 23 hectare Trinders Vineyard was acquired in 1988 on soils that are mainly lateritic gravel loam over sandy clay subsoil, and the 40 hectare Chapman Brook Vineyard followed in the early 1990's with plantings of mainly white grape varieties on sandy loam soils which lie on top of ironstone gravel with varying degrees of clay subsoil. The Crossroads Vineyard was planted in 2003 on ancient lateritic soils, and today Cape Mentelle have 150 hectares spread across these four sites. They are committed to sustainability and were the first winery in Western Australian to obtain the Entwine accreditation [sustainable Australian wine-growing programme]. Cape Mentelle are globally known for their premium wines, elegant and refined with exceptional fruit intensity. They are a benchmark for the quality of Margaret River. Today Cape Mentelle is part of Estates and Wines owned by the prestigious Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton group.