Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2013

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2013

The grapes for this wine come from vineyards which around the estuary of Margaret River facing the Indian Ocean - known by those in the know as "cool-climate".
What that means is that the cooler temperatures that come in from the Ocean in late afternoon and evening cool down the vineyard, reduce the vine stress and give higher acidity and more restrained fruit character. The blend is 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Sémillon and a proportion of the wine is fermented in barrels to give the wine a bit of substance and balance out the acidity. It tastes of pink grapefruit, gooseberries with a hint of lime and lemon. Great on its own or with fish or seafood, it’s so good it won a Gold medal in the International Wine Challenge recently.
Australia
Margaret River
Margaret River
Cape Mentelle
Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon
13%
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Drink now + 3 years

Decanter World Wine Awards 2010

Bronze (2007)

International Wine Challenge 2010

Silver  (2007)

Sunday Telegraph

"Cape Mentelle is one of Australia’s historic estates that after a dip a few years ago is now on flying form. This intense semillon/sauvignon has a succulent, juicy weight for the scallops and grassy, herbal notes for the lentils and celeriac, while a crystalline, pure acidity is essential in standing up to the marinated cabbage." (2008 Vintage)

Margaret River region of Australia

One of the shining beacons for quality wine production in Australia, the west coast Margaret River is a relative newcomer to the world of wine, having only made significant plantings of the region in the late 1960s.

It hasn’t looked back since and its reputation is growing, especially thanks to a group of producers who are proactive and understand the need for marketing, not to mention seriously good wines – in particular Cabernet - thrown into the mix, so it’s an easy area to love.

There are more than 200 producers in total, and more than 5,000 hectares of land under vine, a number which is growing all the time, all on a mixture of soils, though the infertile red loam is what is best admired locally.

Thanks to the Mediterranean climate of Margaret River, where conditions are mild throughout the year rather than extreme, and humidity being ideal for growing the Cabernet Sauvignons from this region are hallmarked by elegance and class, and are often blended with other varieties, most commonly Merlot, which is the third most planted red variety after Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Semillon and Chardonnay are considered to be extremely fine quality from Margaret River too.

Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon

These two varietals work well together and this blend has been widely popularised by brands and wine makers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Americas. It makes a light, fresh, crisp and lemony wine that is easy to drink with food or on its own. The Sauvignon fruit brightens up the richness of the Semillon to make a good mid-priced white wine.

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Salads & Vegetables
This wine is best suited to asparagus and avocado. Throw in some goat's cheese, olives and spinach and you'll have your dream salad.
Fish & Seafood
Shellfish and delicate white fish such as sole, skate and plaice are the perfect match for this wine. It would also work well with clam chowder and smoked fish.
Pasta & Other Sauces
Tartare sauce is a great accompaniment to this wine as well as Beurre Blanc or a light cream and fish based sauce.
Meats
Steamed, baked and casseroled chicken are a must for this wine but it works equally well with pork or veal.
Herbs & Spices
Pair with chives, coriander, dill and ginger. It also works well with lemongrass and lime.
Spicy Foods
A great wine to have with Thai dishes as it works with the lime and lemongrass qualities present in this aromatic cuisine.
Cheeses
Team this wine with high acid cheeses such as Chavignol and pecorino.
"Cape Mentelle is one of Australia’s historic estates that after a dip a few years ago is now on flying form." Sunday Telegraph.
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