<10 tasting notes
Cape Mentelle Shiraz Single Vineyard 2015 / The deepest, youthful, dark ruby. Marrying power and elegance, the nose is an explosion of aromas; orange bitters, citrus marmalade, pink peppercorns, slow roasted game, charcuterie, with a hint of spiced vanilla oak notes. The palate is intense and youthful with dark roasted spice notes; cardamom, black peppercorns, mace and chocolate-covered candied orange. A heady floral element reminiscent of spring lilac and wisteria lingers. Despite the freshness and intensity of the fruit, the mid-palate is full-weight, masculine and muscular, the tannins leaving just enough room for elegant notes of toasted cinnamon oak that lingers and warms.
After a sunny and mild September 2014, Margaret River experienced a cool spring all the way to year’s end. 2015 brought the driest January on record, on par with 2008 and concluded with some hot days in the mid-thirties during the last week of January. The nights remained cool through summer, especially favouring delicate floral and red fruit flavours. The red harvest was challenging due to sporadic April rain but patience was rewarded as the fruit dried beautifully to show expressive varietal characters, particularly in Shiraz
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