Cape Mentelle has developed an international reputation for outstanding bordelaise varietals and blended wines which are perfectly suited to the climate and soils of Margaret River. This wine captures the depth and structure of cabernet with the dark fruit and plush flavours of merlot which, when blended with small amounts of cabernet franc and petit verdot, create a well- rounded, full and rich style.
A blend of varietals and vineyards from Cape Mentelle’s Estate, Chapman Brook and Crossroads vineyards alongside standout parcels from selected growers. The majority of these vineyard soils are derived from decomposed granite and consist of a gravelly loam over a deep clay subsoil.
Cape Mentelle Trinders Cabernet Merlot 2016 vintage consists of the following varietals: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 13% Shiraz, 2% Cabernet Franc.
Winter provided average rainfall and spring delivered beautiful warm, dry conditions, perfectly setting up vintage 2016. A warm start to summer in January gave good fruit set and crop predictions. An unseasonal single rain event in late January delivered adequate soil moisture for full maturity in the red varieties.
Picking is decided by tasting on site and the fruit is harvested in small batches in the coolest hours of the morning. At the crush pad, the fruit is quickly destemmed, chilled and cold soaked for a few days in closed top stainless fermenters of small and medium size. Basket presses are exclusively used and malo-lactic fermentations take place in barrel of which 5% are new. The wine ages in barrels 16 to 18 months depending on the batches before being blended and bottled after a nominal filtration. Bottles were aged a further 10 months in our cellars before the first release.
Able to be opened and enjoyed fresh on release, this Cabernet Merlot may also be aged a dozen years or more in order to develop a rounder, mellow finish. Winery Notes
Cape Mentelle Trinders Cabernet Merlot 2016 vintage is a young deep garnet red. The nose opens with classic varietal aromas of red berry compote, dark plums, and cherries in alcohol with hints of herbs and fresh tobacco leaves. All come to play with notes of caramelised oak and cedar.
The palate is elegant, with aromas of sweet cherries and blackberries. Silky but structured with hints of cracked peppercorn, licorice, vanilla and light smoke from the oak with a Black Forest cake finish.
The Cape Mentelle Trinders will pair well with a flame-grilled porterhouse steak with spicy mustard or just a simple eggplant ragout over fresh pasta.
14% ABV 750ml