Cape Mentelle, sister to Cloudy Bay, is one of the founding wineries of Margaret River. Soon after launch, the winery twice won the Jimmy Watson Trophy, Australia’s most prestigious wine award. Margaret River has limestone soils reminiscent of Bordeaux, and a climate tempered by ocean currents, resulting in expressive and well-structured wines.
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Another great Margaret River Chardonnay. You can safely buy any Cape Mentelle Chardonnay (they won't release a bad one) and have just knocked off a case or so of the 2005, we were looking forward to this and it did not disappoint. Melon with peaches and grapefruit and a cedary, nutty oak that is perfect with a finish you almost don't wait to enjoy, wanting more. And one of the rare times that Halliday, Oliver and Mattinson all agree - 95 points all around.
External Reviews for Cape Mentelle Chardonnay Margaret River
Has exceptional structure and mouth-feel; the citrus and nectarine fruit is vibrant, and there is a streak of minerality running through the wine; oak is present, but not at all intrusive James Halliday. A Chardonnay wine from Western Australia in Australia. 2008 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay Margaret River 750ml
A Chardonnay wine from Western Australia in Australia. 2008 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay Margaret River 750ml
A Chardonnay wine from Western Australia in Australia. 2007 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay Margaret River 750ml
Lighter in body and seemingly shorter this smells and tastes of melon, peaches and butterscotch. A pleasing seam of acidity is there to offset the creamy softness and there is a customary trace of spiced and sweet vanilla oak.
Wine Tasting NotesThe dominant core (95%) of this blend comes from the rocky, chalky hillsides of Paso Robles, defining the round, sumptuous, multi-scented richness. A small percentage of Lodi grown Syrah (5%) expands the lush quality of the Cabernet, and adds a black peppery spice that does an amazing job of fusing this wine with spice oriented (especially Asian and fusion) foods.
Supple polished and refined wrapping its ebullient pineapple pear and citrus flavors in a silky package finish lingering beautifully.