Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
Margaret River has established an international reputation for high quality Chardonnay. The Cape Mentelle style draws inspiration from traditional methods to produce a wine displaying aromatic complexity and a fine, textured palate with a long, clean finish.
Appearance: Pale straw.
Nose: Zesty lemon and grapefruit aromas with lifted floral notes, underpinned by struck flint and ground almonds.
Palate: White peach, fresh figs and pear flavors are supported by a textured, mealy palate. Subtle oak combines with the fruit to produce savory complexity. The finish is long and clean with great intensity and vibrant, minerally acidity.
Food pairings: Roasted spatchcock with wild herbs and pine nut stuffing, on a bed of honey roasted parsnips and pears, served with steamed broccolini.
Australian Wine Companion - "Super-fragrant citrus-tinged melon and stone fruit; a long, clear and vibrant palate, with barrel ferment nuances adding texture and complexity; balanced finish; trophy, WA Wine Show '07. Screwcap."
The Wine Advocate - "Classically styled aromas of butter, oatmeal, cedar and citrus fruits. Crisp acidity is in harmony with the medium+ body of generous lemon pie and cream flavours. Silky texture, long, layered finish. Drink now to 2014. Tasted February 2009."
Wine Spectator - "Bright and tangy, this is appealing for its array of pear, quince and mineral flavors. Leaner and less opulent than other Margaret River Chardonnays, but tight and compact. A lively companion for seafood dishes. Drink now through 2012. 1,400 cases imported. "
Wine Enthusiast - "A nicely balanced Chardonnay, marrying subtle buttered apple notes with bolder notes of toasted hazelnut and white peaches. It’s got a silky texture and plenty of intensity on the fresh, citrusy finish. Drink now–2012."
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Cape Mentelle Winery
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. View all Cape Mentelle Wines
About Margaret RiverView a map of Margaret River wineries Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Riesling.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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