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    1
  • Decanting time

    1h
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  • Food Pairing

    Lamb

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Outstanding Langtons Classification. A national flagship, from fruit grown to the stately Wallcliffe property, one of the most distinguished vineyards in Australia. For over thirty years, the finest blocks of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon have been devotedly husbanded to yield harvests of fruit with remarkable concentration of flavour and polished, elegant tannins. The style has evolved over time, defining an articulate Cabernet wine of pristine varietal virtue, true opulence, intensity of fruit character and personable Margaret River charm. 

Cape Mentelle Vineyard was planted in 1970 and 1972 on a ridge of free draining, lateritic gravel, at an east west row orientation to minimise the affects of strong westerly sea breezes. Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested by hand and individually sorted, berry by berry. Fruit is destemmed and lightly crushed. Individual batches are fermented on skins for up to a month. At the desired balance of extraction, each batch is gently basket pressed, harder pressings are put aside and wines are racked to a high selection of new Bordeaux coopered oak barriques for malolactic. Regular rackings over the course of eighteen months ensure all components are worthy of inclusion into the final assemblage. Alcohol 13.5%

 

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Amongst the hustle, bustle and honour of our week down south, we were treated to a cabernet vertical at Cape Mentelle.

 This included the 1983 vintage: winner of the 1984 Jimmy Watson trophy – clearly well deserved and in pristine condition: 19.5 pts. Winemaker Evan Thomson and Technical Director and Head of Winemaking and Viticulture Frederique Parker Perrin took us through a flight of carefully selected vintages which were all in textbook condition. The wines showed us an evolution in style towards an elegant and long lived expression of cabernet. With such a dynasty to uphold, the current day winemakers are refining and perfecting a proven course of production- not reinventing the wheel.

Together they shed invaluable insight into their vineyards (most specifically the iconic Wallcliff vineyard from which the grapes for the cabernet are solely sourced), and the differences in growing areas in Wilyabrup. Their comments on the choice to include the 1995 due to the first time use of bird nets meant the winemakers were able to pick the grapes when they chose, and not forced to out of protection – precious information that would have taken weeks to dig out of books and past articles. The tasting formed the basis of an illustrative, informative and thrilling afternoon – and confirmed Cape Mentelle’s position as one of Margaret River’s foremost cabernet producers.

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