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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2005
Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 90044)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Appearance: Pale gold in appearance

Aroma: Aromas of nectarines and figs combined with the sweet spice of gingernut biscuits greet the nose.

Palate: The palate opens with rich quince paste and cardamon spiced poached pears. The mid-palate has refined peaches and cream, subtle mealy notes and a lingering finish resonating with crisp lemon zest.

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About Cape Mentelle:

Cape Mentelle Vineyards is a specialist producer of premium wines in Margaret River in the southwest corner of Western Australia. One of the country's finest wine regions, Margaret River enjoys a maritime location, with the added advantage of a long, dry growing season.

Cape Mentelle was one of the first vineyards established in the Margaret River region. First planted in 1970, there are today over 180 hectares under vine and the winery, constructed in 1977, crushes about 1,500 tons of fruit from estate vineyards and contract grown fruit sourced from within the region. Primary plantings are of Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc with smaller amounts of Shiraz, Zinfandel, Merlot and Chardonnay.

The winery and original vineyard lie between the town of Margaret River and the Cape from which it takes its name. The original Mentelles were Frenchmen, geographer Edmunde and his cartographer brother Francois-Simon, who lived in Paris in the early 1700s.

Cape Mentelle Vineyards is committed to the concept of true regional styles and will continue to expand its operations to produce quality wines. The company believes that the role of specialist wineries lies in the production of premium wines from varieties best suited to specific regions. Emphasis is placed on individual fruit character and the development of a recognizable estate wine style.