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.
Plummy cinnamon fruit. Nutmeg notes.
Extremely over-rated, over-expensive wine, or perhaps I just don't think much of Zinfandel. To be fair, I am a fruity, spicy Shiraz lover and this Zinfandel was like a weak Pinot Noir mixed with a bland Cab Sav. The bottle owner indicated he had paid around AUD90 for this bottle, but I suspect it was more like AUD45-50 after looking at current values. Even so, I thought it drank like a AUD15 wine and thought it was probably worth about AUD30 on the basis that it is a rare variety and had to be brought over from Western Australia.I wouldn't drink this variety again. I will try a US bottle at some point though.
See Simon Brunell (Cape Mentelle Vineyards) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#11): www.debramasterofwine.com
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