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Cape Mentelle Marmaduke Shiraz

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Marmaduke is named after marmalade, the lovely fruit based spread that works great on toast. Actually, this wine is named after Marmaduke Terry, one of the first settlers of the Margaret River region who farmed at Wallcliffe on the banks of Margaret River. The Marmaduke Shiraz is the entry point to the Cape Mentelle range and offers all the cool sophistication of Margaret River at a bargain price.

Winemaker's Notes

Marmaduke is a Shiraz sourced exclusively from Margaret River. The aim is to produce a fruit forward, soft and spicy red wine, which exhibits the regional expression of Margaret River and varietal intensity of shiraz. Rich juicy berries with pepper and spice are the hallmark characteristics of this wine.

Crimson with purple hues.

A vibrant nose full of ripe plums, wild berries and black cherry fruit supported with licorice, cocoa dust and mixed spice notes.

Bright and expressive fruits of mulberry, plums and blueberry with nuances of red licorice, black pepper and a touch of vanilla. A round, savoury and smooth texture that is very approachable.

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Cape Mentelle Marmaduke Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Rob Mann quietly mentioned to me recently that he reckons 2011 to represent the finest reds he's made in Margaret River yet. A monumental statement, considering the mesospheric standards he has set in 2008, 2009 and 2010. We'll have to wait until next year for the full answer, but if Marmaduke is any indication, there are great things in store. The intricate craftsmanship on display in this wine is virtually unheard of at this price. At a cool 13.5%, it's refreshingly medium-bodied, charged with energetic, impressively poised acidity and a textural undercurrent of finely ground, gravelly tannins. An enticing violet perfume wafts over restrained black cherry, plum skin and pepper notes.
Wine Taste Special Edition 92
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Great reds are in store from Margaret River's magnificent '11 season, and Marmaduke is one of the first indications. Intricate craftsmanship rarely witnessed at this price sets an enticing violet perfume over restrained black cherry, plum skin and pepper notes. At a cool 13.5%, it's refreshingly medium-bodied, charged with energetic acidity and finely ground, gravelly tannins.
To 2021
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Cuddly and approachable, this is purposely a fruity Margaret River shiraz, brimming with fresh cherries and juicy plums. But fear not, there’s plenty of black pepper to keep it dynamic, and supportive milk choc oak and firm, fine tannins to keep it honed. It will appreciate a year for fruit and oak to integrate.
Wine Taste Edition 68 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Rob Mann has streamlined Marmaduke from the all-terrain blends of the past to a high-performance dragster. Powered by juicy black cherries and blackberries, kept on the road by firm, fine, peppery tannins, tuned by a brilliant vintage, this thing outdrives every Marmaduke to date.
Wine Taste - Edition 26 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Harking back to maker Rob Mann's days in McLaren Vale, this wine includes a touch of grenache and mataro. The mood in Margaret River, however, is much more restrained, peppery and spicy, with a honed finish and softly textured tannins.
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A cheeky take on the Southern Rhône blend from the west of Australia, this has an elegant, spicy aroma; it smells of peppered berries and some light, gravelly earth, oak adding more spice to the mix. The palate makes an easy start with gentle, fleshy dark fruit build through the middle before distinctly savoury tannin grain leads the final stretch. Plum fruit finish -terrific value here.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good hue; strikingly different spicy/savoury tobacco aromas lead into a strangely harmonious light- to medium-bodied palate that pulls all the strings together on a long, fine finish.Value plus. Drink sooner rather than later. Shiraz/Grenache/Mataro.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This was one of our favourites last year and it's on song again. It's a blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvedre. Great wine to sink your chops into. It has that saucy, blueberried pepperiness that goes down so well (Walsh reckons it tastes of Redskin lollies), especially when accompanied by firm, grippy tannins and a reasonable hit of meaty spice. It's a mouthful of wine and we're fast becoming big fans.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This entry-level Cape Mentelle red blend is meant for early drinking and it delivers plenty of forward fruit character that ensures it will go down well. An array of berry fruit flavours, some toasty oak and meaty barrel-derived winemaking complexity. Strapping young and spicy.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-purple; fresh, juicy berry fruit flavours in a breezy red spectrum; top brasserie food style.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
This is the only red wine in the Cape Mentelle range that isn't grown in Margaret River; but it is made from grapes grown in Western Australia. The quality has been rising steadily, and this is a beauty. 2005 RELEASE This is almost impossible to beat in the ready-to-drink style. It's so generous, fruity, dark and handsome that one sip and you start wondering how they can sell it so cheap - but who cares! It tastes of raspberries, boysenberries, dates and plums, a lick of vanillin oak adding a delicious smoothness. It had me going back for more! DRINK 2008-2010.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Bright purple-red; medium-bodied, with good texture consistent with the other '04 releases; fresh fruit, subtle oak, fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Rich, quite luscious, yet not heavy or jammy; bright redcurrant, raspberry and cherry fruit; full of life. Shiraz/Grenache/Mataro.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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