Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Bright crimson in color, this wine offers enticing and herbal aromas reminiscent of bay leaf and dry thyme. The nose then opens to intense ripe cassis, black pepper, smoke and cocoa with hints of fresh rolled tobacco leaves. The bright attack on the palate explodes with red currants and fresh cassis, followed by touches of cloves and juniper berry. A graphite, mineral backbone leads to a fresh finish supported by structural fine and savory tannins.
Pair with grilled tri-tip or prime rib roasts, as well as roasted game birds with wild mushrooms.
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Blackberry and blueberry aromas with wet earth and bark. Sandalwood undertones. Full body, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Very agile at the same time. Energy. What a wine for the cellar. Screw cap. Try in 2020.
A fitting capstone to a recent mini vertical, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon marries elegant notes of pencil shavings and dark chocolate with fine herbal notes and ripe cassis fruit. It's built along the lines of the 2012, with ample weight and richness on the palate, loaded with soft, velvety tannins that lubricate the dark flavors as they glide effortlessly across the palate into a long, plush finish.
In Cape Mentelle’s typically polished and tightly wound style, this classy Margaret River Cab opens with notes of cherry chocolate, baking spice, pipe tobacco, fennel seeds and fresh eucalyptus. Fruit on the palate is clean and tart, cinched by ultrafine and incredibly taut tannins. You can see where this wine is going, but right now it’s virtually closed its doors. Give this the time it needs and reap the rewards. Drink 2021–2039 and likely beyond. Moët Hennessy USA.
Blueberry bright, this wine’s tannins tame its high notes of fruit, toning down the violet scents and Maraschino cherry flavors with an earthy bitterness and umami tones of hon-shimeji mushrooms.
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.
Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-lived red and white wines, Margaret River is situated in the farthest reaches of Western Australia. Relatively warm and dry, the region is cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Margaret River takes some inspiration from Bordeaux, producing top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. Complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are another regional specialty. Also common here are refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, as well as earthy, aromatic Bordeaux Red Blends.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.