Friday, April 28, 2006

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Fantastic - this is everything an Aussie Cabernet should be, deep ruby coloured, aromas of blackcurrant, chocolate and mint and developing the extra complexity of leather in your mouth - this is wonderful, as often is the case with Cabernet, it will be even more wondeful given a bit further aging, but even now it is wonderful - if you try this give it a good few hours in a decanter first, and better still double decanter it to get as much air exposure as you can to really open it up - then you'll have something really lovely on your hands. Decanter magazine gave this 5* and I can't really fault them on this showing. I'd love to try it again in say 8-10 years to see how it had developed because there is just a touch of tightness to it and the tannins can be a little over zealous if you're not eating it with food. Available from (£19.99) (£26.50) (

1 comment:

Edward said...


Great note.
I love the 2000 Cape Mentelle. It is so exuberant and packed with fruit and structure. It is relatively cheap on the secondary market in Australia, in part because 2000 was considered a less than perfect year for Margaret River. Though as you say Decanter, and in particular Jancis Robinson were full of praise for this particular wine.