Founded in 1970 by three brothers – David, Mark and Giles Hohnen – Cape Mentelle was one of the first estates to be established on the eponymous Cape, just a few miles from the town of Margaret River. This small yet prestigious winemaking region, nestled in the far southeast corner of Australia, on the shores of the Indian Ocean, is considered to be one of the most isolated in the world. Cape Mentelle began production with only 16 hectares of vineyards and has now expanded to 150. The estate enjoys a mild and humid maritime climate, plus a long, dry growing season that helps the grapes to ripen. With exceptional know-how and meticulous attention to the expression of terroir and grape quality, the Cape Mentelle wine portfolio includes different varieties: merlot, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, shiraz, zinfandel and cabernet franc. But it is the cabernet sauvignon that remains the estate’s leading light. It has twice received the most coveted award in Australia, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. In 2014, the sixth edition of the prestigious Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines saw Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon elevated from ‘Excellent’ to ‘Outstanding’.
Cape Mentelle Cabernet sauvignon is the estate's signature grape variety. Each vintage is the result of a hand-picked harvest of grapes from some of the oldest vineyards on the estate. Parcels producing the most expressive wines only are selected for the blend. Different each year, vintages are blended following two selection criteria: excellence and style.
The estate’s teams are innovative yet loyal to the pioneering approach of the Cape Mentelle founders. Their focus is to produce vintages that distill the true essence of the Margaret River terroir, like the very finest wines in the world. The vineyards and grapes are tended with great attention to detail to ensure the highest quality: they are pruned and harvested by hand. As a result, the fruit is protected and provides an excellent raw ingredient for the production of fresh, vibrant, elegant wines. For these same reasons, the estate attaches great importance to sustainable development and environmental impact. Cape Mentelle uses only natural fertilizers and no chemical products or insecticides. By constantly improving its vineyards’ potential and preserving its natural environment, the estate gives future generations the opportunity to go on making exceptional wines.
- 16 Number of hectares of vineyard owned by Cape Mentelle when it was founded
- 95 Score awarded to the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon by Tyson Stelzer, DECANTER
- 280 The distance in miles between the vineyard and the city of Perth