Today, we're exploring Margaret River and one winery in particular I think is lost amongst the winding roads, which we often over-look (despite it's size and stature) is Cape Mentelle.
We branded it as outdated or just that perennial performer that doesn't really give anything different, but how much has changed and how amazing are these wines.
To quote James Halliday in his 2019 compendium. This winery in 2019, is "firing on all cylinders".
With the likes of Frederique Perrin (she oversaw Leeuwin Estate's Art Series Chardonnay in 1999) and Coralie Lewis (a guru in French Bordeaux) now at the helm, they are producing some amazing Chardonnay and Cabernet, never truly before seen at Cape Mentelle.
It's exciting and for us, having tried the 2015 & 2016 flagship Cabernet, as well as their heavily underpriced 2017 Chardonnay, they are certainly bringing some leading insight and making these wines delicious!
Here are 3 of our highlights, which we have available now:
2018 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
TVH Price $22.95 / RRP. $24.95 - Buy Now
This is a quintessential Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, that we can't not have as a midweek wine. Perfect for that evening when you want a glass alongside some delicious prawn or light salad. Crisp, lime sorbet, with stunning developed citrus notes. What more do you need in a Sauvy Blanc Semillon...
2017 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay
TVH Price $38.95 / RRP. $48.00 - Buy Now
The new 2017 vintage is simply sublime. Clear and bright on appearance. While this Chardonnay can age for 15 - 20 years, like the Leeuwin Estate pedigree. It is drinking superbly now and for less than half the price, it is incredible value.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY TOBY
2016 Cape Mentelle Cabernet
TVH Price $92.00 / RRP. $98.00 - Buy Now
Now, OMG! We pay well above $100 for Cabernets of this quality. Made by the amazingly talented Bordeaux guru herself, Coralie Lewis has taken this Cabernet to a whole new level. Drinking amazingly now, which when you're paying good money for a red, you want to enjoy it soon after purchase, but his one will reward the patient too. It represents a new wave of Cabernet coming from Cape Mentelle that must be indulged in.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY TOM
While all their wines are simply amazing, we wanted to highlight 3 that stood out and we believe represent value, but also quality for what you pay for.
We are excited about all Cape Mentelle are doing and look forward to experiencing some more of their vintages as they continue on this track towards this new style!
Happy Drinking Winos!
Toby & Tom