Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2016

Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2017

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    14.5%
As a pioneer of Western Australia's Margaret River wine region, Cape Mentelle consistently produce one of Australia's leading Chardonnays. The 2017 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay is another stunning rendition; delivering a powerful, intensely flavoured and perfectly balanced Margaret River Chardonnay that will further bolster the reputation of Cape Mentelle.

Reviews of the 2016 vintage included below;

"97 Points. Full-on green-gold; it's exceptionally intense and concentrated, with all manner of stone fruits and a savoury gauze of grapefruit juice and zest. The acidity is important now, and will be so later. Striking. Screwcap. 14% alc. To 2026. $45" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.

"A bolder iteration of one of Australia’s classic wines. Almost Leeuwin-esque. Let that bad boy off its chain! Golden colour. Nectarine, dried pear, cashew, ginger and spices, struck match. Powerful, juicy and dripping with peach and pear, tight acidity of intensity and almost cumquat intensity, toasty oak and barrel ferment character, and a preserved lemon piquancy to close, with a light chalkiness in texture. Big flavour and big style. Like this, though suggest it may not be one for the ages. Get stuck in. Rated: 94 Points Tasted: Oct17 Alcohol: 14% Price: $47 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2017 - 2021+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

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Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
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.

Wine industry pioneer David Hohnen and brothers Mark and Giles established Cape Mentelle Vineyards in 1970. The Cape Mentelle journey started small with just 16 hectares of vines planted on what is now referred to as the ‘Wallcliffe Vineyard’. In the early years David Hohnen experimented with grape varieties including shiraz, cabernet, zinfandel, sauvignon blanc and semillon. Many of these original plantings are the source of the distinctive wines that have come to characterise Cape Mentelle. The winery’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced primarily from the original Wallcliffe Vineyard.

Cape Mentelle unashamedly draw inspiration from the great wines of the world; this is reflected in the techniques employed in the vineyard as they aim to produce wines that capture a unique sense of place in every bottle. These characteristics are defined by the pristine coastal location, unique soils and 40 years of viticultural history.

Cape Mentelle's philosophy extends beyond the glass as they endeavour to create a legacy of sustainability and longevity. Constantly improving the potential of their vineyards and local environments, they are committed to paving the way for the next generation to continue the pursuit of crafting Australia's definitive wine styles.
Western Australia
Margaret River
The Vineyard: The chardonnay is newly only single cane-pruned and all vertical shoot positioned producing an upright open canopy. Our 2 chardonnay vineyards (Chapman Brook and Crossroad) are planted to the Gin Gin selection along with classic Burgundian clones 95 and 76 and one patch of Californian clone 5. The canopy is extensively and early opened and thinned by hand on both sides, fully exposing berries for even ripening while our naturally cool nights preserve the natural acidity.

The Season: Following a beautiful and promising flowering, summer was mild and our vineyards were fully dry-grown. The cool nights and mild days provided the perfect growing conditions for delicate aromas and fine acid balance in whites. Harvest finally started at Cape Mentelle on February 28th, with generous yields, across all the vineyards in the Margaret River region.

Winemaking: As each block has a very different personality picking is only decided by taste. Harvest extends over a long period, from late February to mid-March. The fruit is 100% hand-picked into small 6.5kg baskets to ensure it arrives in pristine condition. After gentle whole-bunch pressing, the batches go straight to barrels, all solids remaining. We use exclusively French oak, with Burgundian barrel format, at about one third new. Wild fermentation is left to happen with some malolactic fermentation. The wine was bottled over two days in mid-January, just before the start of the following harvest.

Analysis: 14.5% alcohol, 7.2 g/l total acidity, 3.2pH

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