Cape Mentelle

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

9.098 ratings
9.228 pro ratings
Margaret River, South West Australia, Western Australia, Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Johnno Harris

Stunning. My last bottle. Wish I had more.

Stunning. My last bottle. Wish I had more.

Jan 10th, 2021
Bob McDonald

Another gift for my Cabernet tasting - thanks Andrew. - proving that even though this wine won the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1985 (for the Best One Year Old Dry Red at Royal Melbourne) it is made to cellar and was brilliant in its 36th year. No detailed notes - had all the classic Cabernet descriptors typical of the district including Mint and herbaceous Tomato Bush aromas. A lovely old wine.

Another gift for my Cabernet tasting - thanks Andrew. - proving that even though this wine won the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1985 (for the Best One Year Old Dry Red at Royal Melbourne) it is made to cellar and was brilliant in its 36th year. No detailed notes - had all the classic Cabernet descriptors typical of the district including Mint and herbaceous Tomato Bush aromas. A lovely old wine.

Sep 29th, 2020
Bob McDonald

Wine No. 6 of the 8 Cabernets we tasted blind on Saturday. The idea for this tasting came from Cape Mentelle who annually have an International Cabernet tasting at the winery in WA where they have the confidence to put their wine up against the best Cabernets in the world every year. This has all of the classic Cabernet descriptors of black olive, red fruits, cigar box etc. Ranked #6 of the 8 Cabernets we tasted on the day. Again needs to be cellared to realise its ultimate potential.

Wine No. 6 of the 8 Cabernets we tasted blind on Saturday. The idea for this tasting came from Cape Mentelle who annually have an International Cabernet tasting at the winery in WA where they have the confidence to put their wine up against the best Cabernets in the world every year. This has all of the classic Cabernet descriptors of black olive, red fruits, cigar box etc. Ranked #6 of the 8 Cabernets we tasted on the day. Again needs to be cellared to realise its ultimate potential.

Sep 28th, 2020
Bob McDonald

Herbaceous, mint, stalks, with a walnut note together with red florals as in roses verging to a violet note. The medium weight palate shows sweet berry and cassis - just enough opulence to carry the savoury notes. Resolved tannins. Drinking at its peak at 13 years of age although could sit on the plateau for 5 plus years. An excellent example of aged Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (100%) from a great producer.

Herbaceous, mint, stalks, with a walnut note together with red florals as in roses verging to a violet note. The medium weight palate shows sweet berry and cassis - just enough opulence to carry the savoury notes. Resolved tannins. Drinking at its peak at 13 years of age although could sit on the plateau for 5 plus years. An excellent example of aged Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (100%) from a great producer.

Aug 2nd, 2020
Rubychick

1998 vintage. Cork crumbled away but with minimal effect on the wine. Deliciously well worn velvety cassis Cabernet. These old labels were my favourite.

1998 vintage. Cork crumbled away but with minimal effect on the wine. Deliciously well worn velvety cassis Cabernet. These old labels were my favourite.

Jun 12th, 2020
Bob McDonald

Beautiful colour- vibrant. Herbaceous aromas preside over the Cassis and oak - could pick this as Margaret River Cabernet. A strong wine in terms of likely longevity with a robust core. Elegance with power, cutting back on the ripe plush style of Cabernet often seen in the New World. I love Margaret River Cabernet and this is traditionally one of the best in the district. Every year Cape Mentelle have an International Cabernet Tasting and about 5 years ago they covered the 2009 vintage which was great in both Margaret River and also Bordeaux and other parts of the world. I went across to WA for it. My top 3 were this one, Woodlands and Chateau Palmer. Many years to go in the Cellar.

Beautiful colour- vibrant. Herbaceous aromas preside over the Cassis and oak - could pick this as Margaret River Cabernet. A strong wine in terms of likely longevity with a robust core. Elegance with power, cutting back on the ripe plush style of Cabernet often seen in the New World. I love Margaret River Cabernet and this is traditionally one of the best in the district. Every year Cape Mentelle have an International Cabernet Tasting and about 5 years ago they covered the 2009 vintage which was great in both Margaret River and also Bordeaux and other parts of the world. I went across to WA for it. My top 3 were this one, Woodlands and Chateau Palmer. Many years to go in the Cellar.

Oct 9th, 2018
Scott Rowe

Solid Cab no matter the occasion. Worth the asking price though? The jury is still out on that one.

Solid Cab no matter the occasion. Worth the asking price though? The jury is still out on that one.

Jan 1st, 2018
Peter Scudamore-Smith MW

This is a serious wine but it took a while to reach this decision-2 days of breathing in a closed decanter. 2012 Cape Mentelle Cabernet 2012 (AUD 91); 91% cabernet with drizzles of franc, merlot, verdot. Screwcaps do strange things: in this case tighten the wine up to be un-expressive; was lovely fruit, balanced ripeness and oak fruition; just so simple without tannin dryness opened fresh. On breathing a little oxidation (that word!) teased out the dryness and weight 14.5%; #margaretriver #structure #drinkearly ; clearly sold to drink now, future aging is of interest??

This is a serious wine but it took a while to reach this decision-2 days of breathing in a closed decanter. 2012 Cape Mentelle Cabernet 2012 (AUD 91); 91% cabernet with drizzles of franc, merlot, verdot. Screwcaps do strange things: in this case tighten the wine up to be un-expressive; was lovely fruit, balanced ripeness and oak fruition; just so simple without tannin dryness opened fresh. On breathing a little oxidation (that word!) teased out the dryness and weight 14.5%; #margaretriver #structure #drinkearly ; clearly sold to drink now, future aging is of interest??

2 people found it helpfulSep 17th, 2014
Shay A
9.3

The winemaker from Cape Mentelle was touring through TX and stopped by Classic Wine Storage for a quick tasting.

Cool climate Cabernet from Australia. Coastal influence. This felt like a balance between left bank Bordeaux (leather, herbal) and Napa (ripe fruit). It was pretty tannic and one dimensional up front but after an hour it mellowed out and settled in to a nice Cabernet. “Only” 14ABV, which feels like a win from Australia. Plum, dark cocoa, ripe blackberry, cassis and a very “soft”/fuzzy finish that I was struggling to identify. Unique.

The winemaker from Cape Mentelle was touring through TX and stopped by Classic Wine Storage for a quick tasting.

Cool climate Cabernet from Australia. Coastal influence. This felt like a balance between left bank Bordeaux (leather, herbal) and Napa (ripe fruit). It was pretty tannic and one dimensional up front but after an hour it mellowed out and settled in to a nice Cabernet. “Only” 14ABV, which feels like a win from Australia. Plum, dark cocoa, ripe blackberry, cassis and a very “soft”/fuzzy finish that I was struggling to identify. Unique.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 16th, 2019
Christy Canterbury MW

Master of Wine

9.2

An impressive Margaret River. Resolving structure but still lively color & primary flavors. Granted, this was a magnum, but even 750s should have another 4-5 years.

An impressive Margaret River. Resolving structure but still lively color & primary flavors. Granted, this was a magnum, but even 750s should have another 4-5 years.

1 person found it helpfulJan 24th, 2015