Wine Review: 2016 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Basic Information

Name – Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016

Vintage – 2016

Region – Australia – Margaret River

Varietal Components – 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon

Pricing – $20

Alcohol Content – 13%


The bottle is green with yellowish hints when light hits. Label is beige with black font and bronze design of trees on the bottom.

The wine is pale straw in color with greenish rim variation.


Stephanie – Steph had a honeydew melon and tropical fruit.

Stephen – I had tropical fruit, lime or citrus and slight vegetal note like a subtle bell pepper on the nose.


This was really full, but clean and crisp on the palate. It had a bright acidity to it.


On the palate, I immediately tasted citrus, lime and grapefruit type of flavors. It was definitely a blend of these flavors that continually rotated through the palate during the drinking experience.


The finish was medium in length with a strong mineral component on the finish.


Overall Stephanie loved this wine. I thought it was a good hybrid between a New Zealand and Californian Sauvignon Blanc. Overall a refreshing flavor profile that is perfect for summer and the 100-degree Florida heat. Stay thirsty my friends. This wine made us fans of the Margaret River wineries.

Suggested Pairing

Cigar – Caldwell Cigar The King is Dead or H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez

Food – Shellfish, Strong Italian cheeses

Wine Ratings and Awards

Wine Enthusiast – 91pts.

James Suckling – 91 pts.

Winemakers Tasting Notes

The attack is juicy clean, slightly saline, on notes of passion fruit and citrus. The fresh pithy acidity and mineral character, reminiscent of fine absinthe, fresh ginger and gentian bitters give the wine a lot of vinosity and masculine personality, well balanced by the honey notes and creamy texture of the Semillon and showing exceptional length.

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