The 2015 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet and violet in appearance. A rush of intense ripe red fruits comes first to the nose with expressive notes of dark cherry, strawberry and Satsuma plum. The bouquet is then completed with aromas of white caramel, vanilla and peppercorns, along with a subtle hint of smoky oak and dark cocoa nibs. A bright attack of ripe plums, black and red cherry leading to delicate notes of smoky oak and liquorice and hints of wild game and forest floor. The structural and fine tannins combine perfectly with the fruit intensity and well-balanced acidity to provide a beautiful mouthfeel and length on the palate.
This wine pairs excellent alongside beef tartare or venison carpaccio. It is also an excellent match with oyster mushrooms marinated in truffle butter or to accompany a fine dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content.
A smooth rendition of this southerly Margaret River cabernet. It offers dark berries, red plum compote, spiced black tea and cedary oak influence on the nose. The palate has a deep and long sleeve of fleshy ripe cabernet fruit that is cast in smooth, long tannins. An approachable, expansive vintage that’s full of pleasure and good aging potential.
The 2015 vintage of this classic Margaret River Cab is a bit more approachable in its youth than previous vintages. Characters of cassis, black cherries, blueberries, baking spice, graphite, and tobacco leaf flow to a palate that is big but restrained. Fine chalky tannins wind tightly around silky plush primary fruit and the oak rears its head on the finish. Ideally, this will benefit from another few years in bottle and should age nicely until 2039.