2013 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1320735 96 points Bob Campbell

 *No. 1 of 38 ranked 2013 Margaret River Cabernets* The colour is medium red with both brick-red and purple tints. The bouquet has sandalwood, briar, mint and leaf notes. The palate is elegantly weighted and sinewy, with a touch of leanness. The tannins are domineering and the finish chewy and grippy. This needs more time. Two days later the wine is transformed. The bouquet is very detailed and subtly complex, not super-ripe but fragrant and lovely, with hints of cedar, violets and dried flowers. The palate is now deliciously drinkable, elegant and nuanced soft and finely textured. Great, great line and length, but not big or imposing. A really tasty Cabernet. (HH - Real Review)

96 points James Suckling

 A bold and meaty wine that has a very fresh, fragrant and lively style that makes for exciting tasting. There are some very smooth, mellow and nicely ripe rich fruits on offer - no to mention custard spices, mocha oak and dark chocolate. It's all very complex and alluring. The palate has supple, soft and ripe mulberries, which go hand in hand with plum flavors, blueberry pie, some pastry-like moments and a fluffy, approachable tannin texture. Drinking well now, this has a long window of enjoyment ahead - up to two decades. Brilliant!  (1/2017)

95 points James Halliday

 A seamless parade of varietal and regional flavour. Gone is the brawn of yesteryear; this holds finesse and length closest to its chest. Blackcurrant, cedar wood, dust, undergrowth and gravel/eucalypt characters build a wealth of succulent momentum before lingering on through the finish. Integration of tannin the final quality flourish.

K&L Notes

91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot. *94 points Wine Front* "The mighty Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon is a more elegant creature nowadays. This release won't knock anyone between the eyes but it will seduce regardless. It prefers to do you slowly. It's soft, medium-weight, seamless and curranty, with fresh herbs and mints lifting through tobacco / undergrowth / cedarwood. Tannin is a fine, integrated art. The finish is prolonged." Winemaker's Notes: "The first notes on the nose are enticing and herbal, reminiscent of bay leaf and dry thyme. The nose then opens to intense ripe cassis, black pepper, smoke and cocoa with hints of fresh rolled tobacco leaves. On the palate it explodes with red currants and fresh cassis, followed by touches of cloves and juniper berry. A graphite, mineral backbone leads to a still fresh finish supported by structural fine and savoury tannins."

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2017 | Send Email
A lovely, dark-fruited Cabernet with plenty of poise and balance! If you like Bordeaux, or cooler-climate California Cabernets, this will be up your alley. Full, rich and opulent on the nose, this wine has some snappy acidity and good rich tannin to fill out the mouth. This will no doubt age beautifully, and with such a bargain price, what's not to love?

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2017 | Send Email
I'm regularly asked for a smooth cab on our sales floor. If this stays in stock, it will be a consistent recommendation for me from here on out to that question. This is smooth, polished, and pretty Cabernet that is very easy to drink. Clearly inspired by Bordeaux this wine isn't just fruit and flash. It also has a terrific earthy component and tons of complexity. If you're looking for a wine loaded with more savor than fruit, check out the 2012 version of the same wine, also in stock.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2017 | Send Email
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This is a flat-out delicious offering! I am a huge fan of Bordeaux reds and this wine stylistically is very reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux. Spice and red cherry aromas on the nose quickly give way to a suave palate that offers up mocha-laced red fruits and spice flavors. Crisp tannins and racy acidity round out this wonderful wine.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2025

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2017 | Send Email
This wine shows little of the bay leaf, herbaceous quality that can come with Margaret River Cab and instead delivers lush fruit and subtle spice. Drinking incredibly well now for a young wine, this was mistaken by one of my colleagues as a 2005 Bordeaux. Incredibly elegant, yet still approachable, this is one I will be stocking up on as the weather cools down, especially at this price point.
Top Value!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5