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2014 Cape Mentelle Trinders Cabernet Merlot

Margaret River

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Our Price: $26.99 / bottle (RRP: $35.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Dark tobacco earthiness. Medium boded, earthy minerally and savoury, with fine gravelly tannin, plush mixed berry fruit and a long finish with a dusty trail of tannin. Top notch. Cracking Trinders.'
94 Points - Gary Walsh

  • The Cabernet Merlot blend takes inspiration from the classic red wines of Bordeaux. Cape Mentelle has developed an international reputation for outstanding Bordeaux varietal and blended wines which are perfectly suited to the climate and soils of Margaret River. This blend seeks to capture the depth and structure of cabernet with the dark fruit and plush flavours of merlot, which when blended create a well- rounded, full and rich style.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    64% Cabernet Sauvignon. 29% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

    A blend of varietals and vineyards with the majority of fruit produced on Cape Mentelle managed properties including the Estate, Chapman Brook and Crossroads vineyards along with selected growers The majority of these vineyard soils are derived from decomposed granite and consist of a gravelly loam over a deep clay subsoil. All the cabernets are cane pruned and vertically shoot positioned and managed to ensure balanced growth during the season.

    Margaret River experienced amongst the warmest vintage on record and on a par with the very warm 2011 vintage. White varieties were all harvested in a rush and look fantastic with the fruit all in the winery by the end of February. The red varieties enjoyed a long warm ripening season that ensured beautiful mature tannins and bright varietal fruit flavors. Another great vintage for Margaret River.

    After the fruit was destemmed and berry sorted, individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 30 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed, with harder pressings kept aside. The individual parcels were racked to oak following pressing for malolactic fermentation. Regular rackings over a 14 month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 13% were new.

    14.0% alcohol, 5.5 g/l total acidity, 3.61 pH.

    TASTING NOTES

    Perfumed candied violets, cloves and black currant, with an inviting meaty note and hints of cocoa. 

    Medium to full bodied with sweet ripe fruits of mulberry, plums and currants. The structure is fine with cocoa powder soft tannins providing great length and intensity of flavour balanced by a subtle mix of roasted spices.

  • REVIEWS

    'Curiously, I enjoyed this more than the much more expensive Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 I tried recently. Dark fruit, baking spices, bay leaf and peppermint dark chocolate, dark tobacco earthiness. Medium boded, earthy minerally and savoury, with fine gravelly tannin, plush mixed berry fruit and a long finish with a dusty trail of tannin. Top notch. Cracking Trinders.'
    94 Points - Gary Walsh


    "Oh boy, does this hit the mark of an affordable red wine. So well-structured with leafy blackburrant cabernet fruit superb, plus a palate-filling dollop of merlot completing a most elegant and stylish palate. There is plenty of supple sweet fruit in the middle but the sinewy tannin creates such a good balance to drive it to a long focused finish.''
    92 Points - Ray Jordan


    'Deepish red colour with a trace of purple, the bouquet subdued and shy, with some herbal and mineral touches atop mulberry fruit. It's clean and pleasant. The wine is full-bodied and the tannins are a mite sappy, sticky and herbal, finishing with a little bitterness. A little age, or appropriate food, and they will melt away. Drink 2018-2029.'

    Huon Hooke



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