2017 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
The nose is intense with nuances of yellow peach, rockmelon, passionfruit, lemon zest and juniper berry aromas, topped by a hint of white pepper corn. The first approach is very fresh…
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Cape Mentelle takes a non-interventionist approach towards this classic Margaret River blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon, with the aim to preserve as much fruit intensity and regional character as possible. The style accentuates the fresh fruit characters of both varieties with the added complexity and palate weight offered through a small component of barrel fermentation.
Bright and shiny, white gold with silver hues. The nose is a perfect painting of the Margaret River surroundings- a patch of ancient earth surrounded by vast oceans where fresh, crisp saline scents of the sauvignon blanc meld with the earthy unctuosity of the semillon. The nose is intense with nuances of yellow peach, rockmelon, passionfruit, lemon zest and juniper berry aromas, topped by a hint of white pepper corn. The first approach is very fresh with excellent vibrancy and tension, developing into citrus and melon characters. The wine is then textural and unctuous, ending with a long, zesty finish accompanied by a line of minerality that brings us back to the ocean cliffs and Margaret River mouth. -Winemaker’s Notes
Wine Enthusiast (WE)
Waxy lemon, wet wool, apple blossoms, grass and dried herbs form on the nose. The medium-bodied palate offers a chalky texture, with a lemony zing that leads to a herbal and mineral finish. This is a food friendly wine that would be tasty with goat cheese.
-Christina Pickard (04/01/2019)
James Suckling (JS)
Attractive fresh herbs with lemon citrus and gentle aromas of tropical fruit. The palate has a vibrant, tangy edge with lime and fresh grassy flavors. A bright, crunchy finish. Drink now.
-James Suckling (08/14/2018)
Wine Advocate (WA)
The blend of the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon is 61% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Sémillon. It’s leaner and greener than the 2016, with hints of snow pea and fresh herbs added to crisp, citrusy aromas and flavors. It’s light to medium-bodied, offering plenty of refreshment but not much texture or complexity. Drink it over the next year or two. – Joe Czerwinski – 31-01-2019