Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon
This wine displays aromas of green apple skin, lifted orange blossom and green papaya, with hints of passionfruit, white peach and nectarine. There are notes of rose petal and honeysuckle, with subtle honeydew melon and grapefruit elements.
On the palate intense flavours of ripe apple, juicy lemon, and lemon curd tart provide good weight and length with a creamy texture showing ample width. This well-framed wine displays hints of ginger and honey, plus honeydew melon notes with a green line of refreshing acidity running the length of the palate.
As one of Margaret River’s ‘founding five’ wineries, Cape Mentelle pioneered many of the region’s renowned wine styles and today is a benchmark for the quality of the region’s wines. The winery takes its name from the nearby Cape, named by the French ‘Baudin Expedition’ which charted the coast of Western Australia in 1801. They named the Cape after two notable French scientists, geographer Edmund and his cartographer brother Francois-Simon Mentelle, who lived in Paris in the early 1700’s.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s wine making at Cape Mentelle was characterised by experimentation to improve quality, understand the potential of the fruit from each particular vineyard and develop a distinctive house style. The character of the grape varieties and the special attributes of the regional terroir are part of the style that evolved.
The area under vine increased with the establishment of the 23 hectare Trinders Vineyard in 1988 followed by the Chapman Brook Vineyard in the early 1990’s. By this time Cape Mentelle had a well established reputation in the Australian market. A partnership with Veuve Clicquot enabled Cape Mentelle to take the next step, further developing the winery with a new cellar and modern equipment and an expansion into the international market.
21% Semillon, 79% Sauvignon Blanc
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