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Taste Test - A Cape Mentelle Double Act

Published:  13 April, 2015

A review of the Sauvignon/Semillon 2014 and the Cabernet/Merlot 2013

Cape Mentelle was established in 1970 as one of Margaret River's five founding wineries and have since developed, in my eyes at least, to become a standard bearer for the region. The Hohnen brothers started with just 16 hectares and have gone on to produce some excellent wines.

I had the chance to review two of their classic blends recently; never an opportunity to pass up.

Sauvignon / Semillion 2014 - This has to go down as one of the better double acts. Just ahead of Ant and Dec I'd say but probably just behind cheese and biscuits. These two grapes pair wonderfully well and should deservedly convince people to move away from Marlborough Sauvignon. I used this wine in a corporate tasting recently and of all the wines I showed this was the one that had the most queries as to where it was available. Personally as much as I like this wine now it'll only get better. I'd like to try this in another two years.

Cabernet / Merlot 2013 - This is another success story from a recent corporate wine tasting. I paired this against a £60 Medoc (blind) and this was chosen as the expensive French wine. To be fair there's an element in that of punters chasing the fruit in any blind wine tasting but you have to give credit where it's due. This is a very polished wine which punches well above its price point.

So, they were top five in the region when they started it as a region and they're certainly still top 5 today....