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2008 Cape Mentelle - Zinfandel

Country of origin: Argentina
Area/Appellation: Margaret River
Variety/Style: Zinfandel
Cellaring: Now - 2018
Supplier Agent: Moet Hennessy
Availability: Limited
Price Range: $55.00

Tasting Note:
Not released until September but get your order in as it is usually stricted allocated.
Zinfandel = primitivo, but Cape Mentelle has been making it longer than most in Australia (I remember the 1988 so that's at least two decades) so they can call it what they like. There seems to be a movement that more serious wines are called Zin, and this is serious: dark cherry, cassia, soft liquorice, crushed red roses, roasted nuts and smoke all make an appearance in a complex nose and palate. It became candied cherry in the glass but held beautifully on the palate. A lovely drink that will age for a decade.

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July 2011

Food Match: Venison & beetroot