Cape Mentelle Trinders Cabernet Merlot

The evidence for the stature of 2011 at Cape Mentelle is mounting, and this wine perfectly straddles the fence between generous fruit expression and enduring, graphite-like tannin texture. From the outset, it’s definitive Margaret River cabernet (with some merlot and dashes of cabernet franc and petit verdot). A bouquet of coffee bean, high cocoa dark chocolate and ground granite overlays a core of crunchy blackcurrants and generous cassis fruit. In classic Rob Mann manner, this is an unashamedly tannin-driven wine, delivering a particularly honed structure that promises to see out a decade. $22 at No Frills, Aussie Wines and Wine List Australia.