Thursday, April 27, 2006
Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2002
Another wine tasted at the Moet Hennessy tasting organised by the Oxford Wine Company (www.oxfordwine.co.uk) this was one of my favourite reds of the evening - this was very decent Shiraz for around £13 a bottle. Very complex it gave of strong aromas of pepper, blackberry plums and oak. This is definately a hefty wine, aged for 18 months in oak, a mixture of both French and American of which 30% is new - and the wine can certainly take it. Cape Mentelle themselves give this vintage the highest rating of any (5* - and yes they do rate their others as low as 1* (1997)) .
As you would expect from a Shiraz, this is full bodied and slightly purple in colour, with high levels of tannin (though these are softening off nicely) and it is high in alcohol and very full flavoured with oak, pepper, blackcurrant flavours - this is great now but would certainly keep for a while yet! Buy from www.thedrinkshop.com , or have it with a meal at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen. Other vintages available elsewhere. (www.oxfordwine.co.uk)