Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

I love it when a region embraces a particular style of wine and really makes it their own.  That is definately the case with this blend in Western Australia. In terms of this style compared to the straight varieties from the Adelaide Hills or the Hunter valley, I would say that this style is a little more reserved, sophisticated and in many examples provides additional texture when compared to the Adelaide Hills versions.  Whereas the Hunter Semillons need decades to show their potential when the western Australian blend looks good from the beginning and will age in the medium term.

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

The wines magnus opus opens with snow peas and lemons before letting the big band action of guava, violets, spice and apple crystals blows you away. This is the sort of wine you sit back in a large arm chair and let the waves take you to a place in the cosmos. On the journey into outer space there will be a brilliant textural component that seduces your taste buds, with a waxy type of character, before a zippy acidity takes over leaving your mouth dripping with saliva.

Alcohol: 13%
Price: $18
Rated: 90
Drink: Now - 2016

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