Mentelle event a tasty prospect
IN the wine world, if the facts were published, the status of WA’s cabernet sauvignons would already have reached legendary status.
In 2015, WA won five of the seven capital city wine show Best Cabernet trophies.
For perspective, our state has only 4 per cent of Australia’s cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
This is not the statistical anomaly it may sound, yet the west also gained five of the seven trophies in each of 2014, 2013 and 2010.
This brings us to David Hohnen and Cape Mentelle’s first visionary 20 wine International Cabernet Tasting in Margaret River’s pioneering days in 1982.
The now annual event has become an Australia-wide wine industry institution.
Each year, 100 of Australia and the world’s leading wine lovers, sellers and writers descend on Cape Mentelle for the latest of the winery’s 20 wine international cabernet sauvignon celebrations.
Three of the world’s most famous wine scribes, James Suckling, Ch’ng Poh Tiong and Lisa Perrotti-Brown, flew in for this year’s tasting of the 2012 vintage.
Perrotti-Brown picked two West Australians – the Woodlands Thomas cabernet sauvignon (18.9pts) and the Houghton Jack Mann cabernet (18.9) – among her four highest pointed wines.
That’s not bad when they are compared with wines such as Chateau Cos d’Estournel (19), Leoville Las Cases (18.7), Lafite and La Mission Haut Brion (19.2) from Bordeaux, and Ornellaia (19) and Sassicaia (18.3) from Tuscany in the very best of the 20.
And the host, 2012 Cape Mentelle cabernet sauvignon?
It received 18.8 points on my card and was one of the very best of the wines.
Soft, round, juicy, supple and long with dry edges, hints of savoury and great length. It has quality structuring tannins until the end, making it a lovely wine.
The sheer quality of the Cape Mentelle cabernets, without exception, since the 2008 vintage is breathtaking.
These are great wines and while the Mentelle team believe that the 2012 is the finest, my points still whisper “the 2011”.
Preparing for this year’s tasting at Cape Mentelle.