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Cape Mentelle Marsanne Roussanne 2006

August 1, 2007

img_2996.jpgI tasted this wine twice last week at separate occasions, first at a comparative tasting with Margaret River pioneer David Hohnen who planted those varieties at Cape Mentelle in 1970, a day later with winemaker Rob Mann. David makes his own white Rhône-style blend now, the outstanding 3Amigos Marsanne Chardonnay Roussanne, while Rob looks very well after his precious legacy by creating this wine in the typical Cape Mentelle mould. Composed of 87% Marsanne and 13% Roussanne this yellow-straw wine shows ripe pear, lucious honey and mineral aromas on the nose. The same characters mark the palate that is rich, unctuous and textural as a result from barrel fermentation and regular lees stirring. The wine finishes in style with refreshing acidity and some characterful phenolics. A lovely wine that’s even better with food. 91 points.

Source: Winery sample/Cellar Door Only  Drink: Now-2010