Cape Mentelle takes a minimal approach towards this classic Margaret River blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The aim is to preserve as much fruit intensity and regional character as possible whilst providing a full flavoured distinctive white wine. The style accentuates the fresh fruit characters of both varieties with the added complexity and palate weight offered by a small portion of barrel fermentation.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
A 58/42% blend machine harvested at night; most cold-fermented in stainless steel, with 7% of the blend fermented in new and used French barriques; both components given 4 months lees contact. There is an array of citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavours, but it is the electricity of the intense palate that is the defining feature of the wine. Rating 94 - Drink by 2017, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (SEP/2014).
This is the wine that brings home the bacon, as it were, for Cape Mentelle.
Quite perfumed with sweet herbs and Disprin, gooseberry, mixed citrus and fresh pineapple. Light and fresh, gentle and not at all abrasive, well measured herbal notes with toned down lime and pineapple flavours. Has a touch of chalkiness, clean acidity and a finish of good length – a bit like a gin and tonic. Rock solid. Rating 91 - Drink by 2018, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au (AUG/2014).
Winery Tasting Notes
58% Sauvignon Blanc, 42% Semillon
Pale straw with green hues.
Aromas of white melon, lime, grapefruit, honeysuckle, blackcurrant and a hint of chalk dust.
Juicy clean and fresh with talcy pithy structure balancing the rich fruit fl avours of limes, passionfruit and lychee. The texture is creamy and the finish bright, intense, long and elegant.
Handmade fettuccine and basil pesto with grilled chicken tenderloins.