Thanks to some crafty work by a handful of producers, Margaret River Shiraz is coming out of the shadow of Cabernet. Cape Mentelle has pushed the envelope with this intense number. Rich, peppery black fruit and confident use of vanillin oak. Cape Mentelle shiraz draws inspiration from the techniques and wines of the northern Rhyne Valley in France. The fruit is de-stemmed, berry sorted, cold-soaked and traditionally fermented. Maturation in both large oak vats and small barriques is aimed at retaining refined fruit and floral characters of the variety along with the more savoury, spicy elements derived from the vineyards in Margaret River.
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