Cape Mentelle HH (Icon) Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


What a seriously stunning wine. This provides compelling evidence of both what a magnificent region the Margaret River is for Cabernet, and how impressive the Cabs from Cape Mentelle are. Of course, they have been just that for many years, but I wonder if they are now at levels exceeding all that came before. From their Trinders and Wallcliffe vineyards, the final blend is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. Maturation was for 18 months with 45% new oak. A deep, dark garnet colour, with cassis the immediate impression on the nose. We have black fruits, dark chocolate, cold tea, spices, soy, dry herbs and black olives. A seductive texture, seamless, with a line of acidity running the length supported by very fine tannins and such impressive length. Drinking beautifully already, though it is still very young, it can be enjoyed any time over the next decade or two.