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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2004
Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2004
(search item no. 81427)
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Medium straw. Brisk, fresh aromas of citrus, hay and lemon thyme. Firm and tight, with juicy citrus and honeydew flavors and suggestions of fresh herbs. Finishes incisive and long, with a bright lemon character and a suave, supple texture. This is a 50/50 blend but shows much more zesty sauvignon than waxy semillon character today."

A fresh zippy wine with the characteristic lemon and limey aromas of semillon infused with the nettle and gooseberry of sauvignon, underpinned with just the faintest suggestion of vanillin oak. The palate has perfect balance, full and textural, yet finishing with mouth cleansing acidity that carries the citrus and herb flavours all the way.

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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.