Cape Mentelle Shiraz draws inspiration from the techniques and wines of the northern Rhône valley in France. The fruit is destemmed, berry sorted, cold soaked and traditionally fermented. Maturation in both large oak vats and small barriques is aimed at retaining refined fruit and floral characters of the variety along with the more savoury, spicy elements derived from the vineyards in Margaret River. A superb shiraz for the cellar.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
This release has might and power but it comes at the expense of finesse. It pushes the ripeness envelop but remains wholeheartedly savoury, its clove and general dry spice notes chattering away as tar and deep black cherry flavours power through. A rumble of gravelly tannin helps give the wine a rugged, muscular feel. It’s a very good release; it impressed without quite inspiring superlatives. Rating 93 - Drink by 2026+, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au (NOV/2015).
Winery Tasting Notes
Inky with purple hues.
Vibrant blueberry, red berries and violets in the forefront, enticingly supported by complex cured meat notes and hints of cracked black pepper and dark olive tapenade.
Intense mouthful of red fruits and dark savoury pepper and cardamom spices, well framed by integrated oak that take the experience to a long, round and savoury finish.
This wine can be cellared for 10+ years.
Well-marbled Wagyu burger, cherryglazed duck magret and fresh roasted baby vegetables. For dessert, the 2013 Cape Mentelle Shiraz would be well complemented by a fresh forest berry tart with a dollop of spiced cream.