By Fergal Gleeson
Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2018
Cape Mentelle founder David Hohnen was one of the earlier planters of Shiraz in the Margaret River region back in in 1970. Somewhat against the grain as Australia was more interested in aristocratic Cabernet at the time. Old Shiraz vines were being pulled in Barossa.
Shiraz is second only to Cabernet today in red varietal plantings in Margaret River. Cape Mentelle make one of the region’s finest.
2018 was one of the best vintages of modern times in Margaret River and Cape Mentelle have maximised the potential with the 2018 Shiraz.
There’s bountiful fruit on the nose . Followed by red berries, balsamic and savoury notes.
All in all there’s a remarkable lightness of touch because the regional Shiraz style is often more earthy in youth.
Generous but also detailed and intriguing. A winner!
Rating 4.5 ⭐️
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