Owner: LVMH. The founder-owner was David Hohnen, who trained in California and did a vintage at Clos du Val. He twice won Australia’s prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy, and established the Cloudy Bay estate in Marborough, New Zealand. In 1990 he sold both Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle to LVMH.
Chardonnay, Cape Mentelle
Semillon-Sauvignon, Cape Mentelle
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cape Mentelle
Shiraz, Cape Mentelle: 1986 Debut. Some Grenache has been blended in.
Wilyabrup: A single vineyard Cabernet blend.
Zinfandel, Cape Mentelle: Australia’s one varietal Zinfandel of note, a reflection of David Hohnen’s early experiences training as a winemaker in California. | 1981 Debut. | 1995 15.6% alcohol, thus cannot be imported into Europe.
Oz Clarke, Oz Clarke Wine A-Z (Pavilion, 2015), p.71.