A trip down memory lane with Cape Mentelle

Bottles for Cape Mentelle's 50th anniversary

An unusually deep vertical of an Australian classic.

I was last in Margaret River in 2017 for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Margaret River as a wine region. And, just three years later, the LVMH-owned winery Cape Mentelle celebrated its own 50th anniversary by releasing a very few collections of selected vintages of Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon, its most famous wine, going all the way back to 1983. I was lucky enough to taste each of the selected vintages (1983, 1992, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2016) and my enthusiastic notes are below.

Cape Mentelle was established by the Hohnen family...