Cape Mentelle not missing a beat of late, when it comes to delivering fine Cabernet Sauvignon... Boysenberry, spicy slightly doughy oak, but in a nice way, subtle mint and herb perfume, and wet cement. It’s medium to full-bodied, with almost juicy yet explosive fruit power, considerate oak, thick grainy tannin, and a very attractive aniseed perfume running through it. Tight and long in the finish, with tannin gripping and shaping it up beautifully. This is excellent. Drink 2020-2035+ 94+ points, Wine Front (3/2018).
A firm and substantial Cabernet that has structure to support extended cellaring. It’s largely Cabernet, with smaller amounts of Merlot, Petit Verdot and, curiously, a little dab of Shiraz. Has a lifted floral bouquet with notes of scented red berry and cedar. The palate is elegant, with juicy fruit balanced by some nice cedary oak and firm tannins. The style has changed in recent years to one of more robust dimensions. 95 points, Weekend West.
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.