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2013 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River

A$95.00
Availability: In stock
SKU
8187SV13
96

2013 Cape Mentelle Cabernet is composed of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% of Merlot.

It is bright crimson. The first notes on the nose are enticing and herbal, 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 red attack explodes with red currants and fresh cassis, followed by touches of cloves and juniper berry. A graphite, mineral backbone leads to a still fresh finish supported by structural fine and savoury tannins.If you wish to drink this fiery Cabernet young, we suggest you decant it first and drink with roasted game birds with wild mushrooms. It will easily cellar more than 20 years.


The colour is medium red with both brick-red and purple tints, and shows a little forward-development. The bouquet has sandalwood and coconut, briar, mint and leaf notes. The palate is elegantly weighted and sinewy, with a touch of leanness. The tannins are domineering and the finish is chewy and grippy. This needs more time, but doesn't seem like a top-line Mentelle cabernet. Two days later, the wine is transformed. The bouquet is very detailed and subtly complex, not super-ripe but fragrant and lovely, with hints of cedar, violets and dried flowers. The palate is deliciously drinkable, elegant and nuanced, soft and finely-textured. Great line and length, but not big or imposing. A really tasty cabernet, which is not typical of the region or maker. 21 APR 2016 Drink 2018–2036
96 points Huon Hooke therealreview.com
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Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Traditional
Country Australia
Region Margaret River
Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Vintage 2013
Bottle Size 750ml
Wine Points 96
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