Thursday, July 28, 2011
2005 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot
Out shopping yesterday and came across a sale on the 2005 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend from the Margaret River area of western Australia. Dinner was a small rib eye steak from the grill with fresh white corn and a salad. While the steak was grilling we opened the wine.
Nice aroma that was a great balance between dark fruits and wood tannin. Very fruit forward wine with a taste of black cherries, a little cassis, some dark plums and a hint of mint. Medium body weight and mouth feel. Wonderful fruit, wood tannin and acid balance. Good length to the finish that ended with a mature, but not old, flavor of a well made wine. Easily drinkable with food in that even though it was flavorful it wasn't overpowering. Very good wine for the sale price.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot. 14% alcohol and on sale $11.