Jeremy Oliver 95 Points!
Gourmet Traveller Magazine 94 Points!
Jeremy Oliver 95 points!
“Deliciously smooth and vibrant, steeped in briary, confectionary fruit.”
Gourmet Traveller Magazine 94 points!
“Superb; this winery has many runs on the zinfandel board. Spicy oak scents with dense blackberry and blackcurrant aromas; full-bodied, with lively acid and warm alcohol. Strongly built. Demands cellaring.”
Gourmet Traveller Magazine, February 2017
“Cape Mentelle one of the pioneers of this grape in Australia, first planted in 1974. Are they the oldest in Australia? I think they must be. Fruit cake, baking spices, pepper, sawn wood, liquorice, charred sausages and raspberry. Full bodied, full flavoured, but still pretty fresh and lively, rich raspberry and spice, grippy and dry woody feeling tannin, some hard candy, grip, spice and tannin to close.”
Gary Walsh, Wine Front, August 2016
Presumed to have originated in the Balkans, Zinfandel was introduced to the estate vineyard from California in 1974. Zinfandel is a particularly demanding variety to manage in the vineyard where it is unruly and prone to catching diseases. But the rewards are reaped in the cellar where we honor this northern American heritage with traditional long maceration techniques and spicy oak to produce this uniquely rich and generous wine that has been a favourite of Cape Mentelle followers for years.
First spicy and aromatic, the nose is reminiscent of cracked peppercorn and cardamom with underlying notes of mediterranean sun dried herbs. When allowed to open in the glass, notes of applewood smoke and meaty characters appear.The mouth opens with a burst of fruit, fresh and jammed, followed by serious vinosity and savouriness. Although ample, the palate is well framed and leads to a structural oak finish that lets through notes of vanilla and savoury spices.