Founded in 1970 by the pioneer David Hohnen (who also founded Cloudy Bay in Marlborough) and his brothers Giles and Mark Hohnen, Cape Mentelle was one of first commercial vineyards in Margaret River.
The estate started with 16 hectares of vineyards and during 50 years expanded to its current size of 150 hectares of land under vines.
Throughout the 70’s and 80’s wine making at Cape Mentelle was characterized by experimentation to improve quality, understand the potential of the fruit from each particular vineyard and develop a distinctive house style.
Since 2007 the estate is owned by the luxury good company LVMH, and led by Technical Director Frédérique Perrin (who worked for Krug before).
Since 2020 the vineyards are grown following sustainable practices, without herbicides, and with the use of cover crops to control the vigor of the vines and add biodiversity to the vineyards.
The use of precision irrigation allows the estate to use only the necessary water, resulting in a 60% decrease in water usage from 2016 to 2019.
The climate is Margaret River is similar to Bordeaux, resulting in excellent quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon among other varieties.
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon 2019
The fruit harvested during the cool of the night and early mornings was destemmed, crushed and rapidly pressed to capture vibrant fruit characters with bright acidity.
Low temperature fermentation was used with select yeast to accentuate fresh fruity varietal characteristics. The majority of batches were fermented in stainless steel tanks
A small portion (around 5%) of the blend was fermented and aged in new French oak.
A blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon.