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2014 Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe Cabernet & Cabernet Franc

Cape Mentelle

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Our Price: $46.99 / bottle (RRP: $50.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

'In the mouth, it's full-bodied and ripe; rich black fruits rather than red; powerful and fleshy, with high extract.'
96 Points - Huon Hooke

  • From select vintages, the Cape Mentelle Wallcliffe red blend showcases the exceptional affinity of terroir with the classic grape varieties. Cape Mentelle look to produce a true celebration of each vintage and present the best possible parcels from each year.

    2014 was a banger year as well in the Margaret River, so expect nothing short of greatness with this wine.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Sourced from our long established vineyards in Margaret River. This area exhibits the classic gravelly lateritic soils that drain to the west and the microclimate is strongly influenced by the Indian Ocean only 5 km away. These vineyards are manually cane pruned, meticulously treated as individual vines throughout the season and hand harvested in 6.5 kg crates that allow each section to be handled with all the particular care it deserves.

    Margaret River experienced one of the warmest vintages on record, 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.

    While 2014 produced generous and open wines which can easily be enjoyed in their youth, we expect patience will be rewarded with a cellaring potential of 10+ years.

    After destemming, individual berry sorting and light crushing, single 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. The wines were matured for 18 months in selected coopered barriques of which 40% was new.

    TASTING NOTES

    On the nose, top notes of juicy cranberries and red fruit compote from our best old vines of Cabernet Franc marry with comforting warm spices and hints of applewood smoke to invite the first sip. Intense and complex, the core aromas are of black tea, prunes, juniper berries and sweet cinnamon.

    Deep and dark, this medium bodied wine takes you from plum pudding and nutmeg to a smoky and silky mid-palate. The wine is generous, round, intense and open for its age; with notes of dried flowers, chocolate, coffee and pipe tobacco. The oak frames the wine without austerity, leading to a long velvety finish.

  • REVIEWS

    'Deep red colour with good purple tinges. The nose is all blackberry, blackcurrant and cassis - very cabernet, ripe and clean and attractive, with a sheen of classy oak. In the mouth, it's full-bodied and ripe; rich black fruits rather than red; powerful and fleshy, with high extract. An absolute ripper of a cabernet. It will cellar beautifully.'
    96 Points - Huon Hooke


    'A gorgeous mid-purple-black hue; a complex bouquet cassis, cranberries mingling with an array of spices with bitter chocolate and black tea, and a cardamom/menthol/eucalypt note, not distracting but obvious. Silky and generous palate yet medium-bodied with the tannins and oak all in line.'

    95 Points - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)



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