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2012 Cape Mentelle Wilyabrup Margaret River Cabernet Blend
Mystery Reviewer (2012 Vintage) says
Well-tempered, tightly coiled and classically elegant. Effortlessly crafted and exceedingly persistent, a second label with the longevity, self-assurance and poise of many premier wines.Decanter, November 2014
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
A 45/33/24% blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, de-stemmed and berry-sorted, then fermented for up to 30 days; matured in French barriques (40% new) for 16 months. A high-toned, savoury wine with plum, tobacco and cedar in play, the tannins fine, the balance is impeccable.
Ray Jordan (2012 Vintage) says
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from a single vineyard in the northern Wilyabrup region. There is a deep complexity in here with medium to full palate providing the perfect platform to express the beautiful texture and fruit flavours. It's so smooth and silky yet there is power and richness. Lovely the distinctive meaty blackcurrant characters that seem to come from this vineyard.
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
An elegant, dusty and faintly sappy blend of charming length and harmony. An intense fragrance of violets, red flowers, forest berries, fresh cedar / vanilla oak overlies nuances of graphite and dried herbs. It's medium to full-bodied, smooth and seamless, with a pristine expression of dark berries, plums and cherries knit with polished cedary oak and underpinned by pliant, fine-grained tannins, building intensity and structure towards its long, savoury and faintly mineral finish.
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
This vintage has been selected by Australia's longest running wine guide, Australian Wine Vintages, as one of the top 100 Australian wines of 2016, for its outstanding synthesis of variety, region and style.
Gary Walsh (2012 Vintage) says
It’s a lighter, more perfumed style for sure. Less of the thunder, more of the cirrus with picnics below. Redcurrant, sweet grass, rolling tobacco and mint, plum skin, cocoa and cocoa butter. Medium bodied, fresh and playful with mainly red fruits, aniseed and cocoa, lovely fine acidity and a light rasp of fine grained gravelly tannin. I thought it was a kind of Lexus at first, and then its charm grew on me. It has length. And a sort of suave appeal. Should cellar very well too.2016 - 2030