This is still quite dark in color, right to the rim, and it overflows with complex aromas of flowers, herbs, tobacco, cassis and subtle oaking. Firmly structured, but the tannins are ripe, not hard, while the flavors bring waves of cassis, plum, tobacco and vanilla without ever seeming overly rich or jammy. Drink this wonderfully harmonious offering from 2008–2015.
Full-bodied and rich, Cape Mentelle’s 2002 Cab Sauvignon is a slightly minty wine, but relies more on ripe cassis and chocolate flavors for power and weight. The silkiness of the tannins suggests only 2–3 more years are needed before this wine really hits its stride.
Meaty, peppery aromas accent sturdy black fruit on the nose. This is an excellent wine, elegant and restrained, with mixed black and red fruit at its core. Chalky tannins on the palate follow through to the finish, where they’re joined by subtle mocha and herb notes.
Earthy and meaty, balanced by lifted hints of violets and peppery spice. Black plum and dark chocolate flavors evenly coat the palate, ending on a firm note that provides a sense of elegance.
Kicks off with nutty, meaty aromas that move easily into apple and pear flavors. Marked by ripe fruit—Golden Delicious apples—and spice, finishing with echoes of clove and cinnamon.
This is a complex, dark-fruited wine that merits serious attention from consumers looking for a slightly different style of Australian Shiraz. Cedar and dark chocolate scents frame slightly herbal nuances, blackberry fruit and hints of leather and tree bark. The texture is ultrasmooth and silky, leading easily into a long, earthy finish. Drink now–2015.
This shows classically leafy Cabernet character balanced by deep cassis fruit, well integrated oak and supple tannins. It’s slightly creamy without being overly soft or plush, retaining Cabernet’s distinctly restrained feel on the palate. Long and smooth on the finish. Now–2016.
Mouthfilling and round, filled with ripe pineapple and passion fruit flavors. There are some sweaty and mealy notes balanced by hints of stone fruit, which all act to build complexity and interest. Potent and long on the finish. Drink now.