Cape Mentelle 'Trinders' Cabernet Merlot 2015 (Margaret River)
Cape Mentelle Trinders Cabernet Merlot 2015 is ruby red in colour. Complex compote raspberries, plums and preserved cherries, with notes of fresh tobacco leaves, liquorice, black tea and deep smoky oak aromas.
Flavours of bright, ripe, dark fruit, fresh plum and juicy cherries are supported by structuring oak that brings notes of cedar, black pepper and cardamom. Savoury spices linger in the smoky, wood-fire finish and invite another sip.
Pairs beautifully with a grilled peppercorn-crusted hanger steak, beef carpaccio or chocolate mud cake. This wine will complement any gathering of friends and family and its approachability is sure to please.
"Deepish red colour with a faint tinge of purple. The bouquet initially presents smoked charcuterie aromas, suggesting lots of toasty oak has been employed. It's full-bodied, ripe and elegantly crafted, with fine balance, superb cabernet structure and terrific length. A delicious wine. I cannot remember a better Trinders."
94 Points - Huon Hooke
SOLD OUT - Cape Mentelle Trinders Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016 vintage is now available here.
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 2015 vintage consists of the following varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 71%, Merlot 21%, Cabernet Franc 6%, Shiraz 1%, Petit Verdot 1%.
After a sunny and mild September 2014, Margaret River experienced a cool spring all the way to the year end. 2015 brought the driest January on record, on par with 2008 and concluded with some hot days in the mid 30s during the last week. The nights remained cool through summer, favouring delicate floral and red fruit flavours especially.
After the fruit was destemmed and berry sorted. Individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 45 days and at the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch was gently basket pressed, with harder pressings kept aside. The individual parcels were racked to barrel following pressing for malolactic fermentation. Regular racking over a 14-month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected oak barrels, of which 5% were new.
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
Reviews & Accolades
"It’s a bit of a rum game reviewing wine. Often strikes me, as I type away, what a strange business I’ve landed myself in. Anyway, pretty much always enjoy Trinders, and you see it a bit on wine lists by the glass, which is a comfort when you’re surrounded by dross and the beer is not up to scratch. I’ve been there.
Good balance. Regional character. Easy drinking appeal, but not forsaking a nutritious serve of noble Cabernet tannin. I’m thinking red and black fruits, peppermint dark chocolate, a subtle earthiness and bay leaf perfume. Medium-bodied, fresh and more in the red fruit and chocolate thing, enough depth to keep you satisfied, and a scratch of tannin on the finish to keep it trim. Nice wine, all up."
92 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, October 2017, Drink: 2017 - 2028
|Brand||Cape Mentelle Wines Margaret River|
|Country of Manufacture||Australia|
|Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price||$31.00|