Cape Mentelle Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon 2021


The descendent, for want of a better term, of the very wine that did so much to put Margaret River on the map for wine lovers, when the legendary 1982, and the even more impressive 1983, both won the Jimmy Watson trophy. Four decades later and this wine is still a leading light for the district, even if now termed the ‘Heritage’. Under cork. 2% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc with eighteen months maturing in French barriques. An opaque maroon, this is still very young and even a little closed off at this stage, but undoubtedly a beautiful Margaret River Cabernet. It is concentrated and focused, with notes of blackfruits, cassis, cigar boxes, chocolate, dried herbs and licorice. A juicy palate with utterly sumptuous flavours, the wine has balance and length with fine tannins before lingering with intensity. A superb Cabernet with fifteen to twenty years ahead.