THE 2014 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay is clearly the winery’s finest to date.
It is one of the better value drinking Margaret River chardonnays (but will improve until 2025 and beyond) and at under $50, it is 50 per cent to 60 per cent of its quality peer’s prices.
Founder David Hohnen’s faith in cabernet sauvignon was initially vindicated with his consecutive Jimmy Watson Trophy wins in 1983 and 1984 (WA’s first for Australia’s most sought after wine trophy) and then by the winery’s two golden periods in the early ’90s and then with the classic releases since 2008.
Most of its recent chardonnays have also gained gold medal points (average 18.3 points) on my tasting notes, even though I have consistently rated the recent cabernets more highly (average 18.9-19 pts since 2008).
This clearly topped the values lately in some masked chardonnay line-ups that included some of Australia’s most recently lauded show and national review winners.
“Long, balanced and delicious. Nougat, hazelnut and pistachio. Finely judged lees and barrel characters add complexity and wonderful texture to the high quality fruit’s restrained power and exceptional length. Finishes with a firm but fine tannined lingering aftertaste.”
Just released. Available at Swanbourne Cellars.
18.7 points RRP $49
The Wine Advocate editor-in-chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown, John Jens and wine writer Ch'ng Poh Tiong at Cape Mentelle.