Shiraz Margaret River Western Australia
Cape Mentelle draws inspiration from the tasty red styles of Vallée du Rhône. Fruit is treated to an old world style of vinification, aimed at retaining all the well defined Margaret River fruit characters, along with the more savoury, spicy elements of the vineyard. Growing season 2008 was quickly recognized by industry pundits as a great vintage year, yielding red wines of excellent tannin structure and exquisite length. The archetypal Margaret River Shiraz, endowed with alluring bouquets, a dense palate and ripe, gripping tannins.
Shiraz is sourced from estate vineyards at Wallcliffe and Trinders, along with a component from a 38 year old site in Wilyabrup. Soils are predominantly deep sandy loams with high lateritic gravel content over clay. Shoot and leaf removal techniques are employed, ensuring a balance between fruit exposure to light whilst providing protection from the midday sun. Grapes are vinified in a combination of open and static fermenters, managed by regular plunging and pumpovers. All batches are basket pressed and transferred to large oak vats for malolactic. The finished wine was matured fourteen months in a selection of new and seasoned, predominantly Burgundy coopered French oak barriques. Alcohol 13.5%
Dark red with crimson hues. Blueberry, dark cherry and ripe plum, cinnamon and anise. Fragrant violet and lightly roasted coffee bean formulate a complex and expressive nose. A vibrant core of blueberry, mulberry and hints of raspberry, are well balanced by savoury, cocoa oak. The palate is fine, elegant and focussed, finishing with gravelly, structural tannins.