Cape Mentelle 2019 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, Western Australia

Cape Mentelle 2019 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, Western Australia

Cape Mentelle

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Cape Mentelle 2019 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, Western Australia

Winemaker: Coralie Lewis
Farming: Sustainable
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc 58%, Semillon 42%.
Terroir: The fruit comes from the cooler southern half of the Margaret River region, from three estate vineyards of Wallcliffe, Crossroads and Chapman Brook. The typical soils of these vineyards are geologically ancient, free-draining sandy loams with a high percentage of lateritic gravel. The vines are vertically trained, spur or cane-pruned with canopy manicuring to allow good airflow and dappled sunlight on the bunches.
Vinification: The fruit is harvested at night and in the early hours of the morning to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. In the winery, extended fermentation took place at very low temperatures in stainless steel tanks with approximately 5% of the blend fermented in seasoned French oak to add texture and richness. The wine is aged on lees (ferment solids) for an additional four months before bottling in July.
Aging: Stainless Steel
Tasting Note: Fresh green lime, lemon sorbet, crisp cucumber aromas with hints of fresh-cut lemongrass, pink peppercorn, and wisteria blossom. A subtle saline character reminiscent of celery salt and sea spray entwines with pink grapefruit and tarragon notes.
Pairing: The winemakers recommend that the freshness of the wine is accentuated by freshly shucked oysters with pickled lime zest, spicy laksa soup with smoked tofu and lemongrass or barbecue seared octopus with lime chili drizzle and Asian coleslaw.
Scores: 92 Points, James Suckling: This has a fresh, lemon and lime nose with a herbal edge, too. The palate has some attractive peaches and lemons, as well as a smooth, fresh, gently herb-tinged finish

Cape Mentelle takes a non-interventionist approach towards this classic Margaret River blend of sauvignon blanc and Semillon, preserving much fruit intensity and regional character. The style accentuates the fresh, vibrant fruit characters of both varieties with the added complexity and palate weight offered through a small component of barrel fermentation.


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