World class cabernet from Australia: Cape Mentelle 2010

From a recent tasting of aged Australian cabernets, Cape Mentelle was one of my absolute favorit, and perhaps the most classical wine in the lineup.

Not a Bordeaux imitator, yet shows values you mostly find in only those – more than elegance, a noble character. Classic cabernet aromatics, smoke accented cassis, green peppercorn leafiness, a bit of coconut from the otherwise integrated oak, everything is well measured. Great depth of flavour, real complexity with a sense of restraint. Just medium-bodied and that moderate (13.5%) alcohol really reflects in drinkability and sheer class, not a sign of heat here. Serious structure to support a long life, it’s in a great form, perfect now, although almost looks young and will probably live for decades. A benchmark wine.

Rating: world class cabernet, 94 points. 
Price: was €40, current vintage is €60.
Value: great, absolutely worth it, it’s highly recommended.
Stockists: Vinexus in Germany and many others in Europe and UK.
Bottle source:: own purchase.
Tasted: March, 2022.
Drinking window: now – 2035.