The 2005 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon is quite a departure from its Cabernets I used to know: they had rich chocolaty flavours, in some years influenced by brett. Some were very good, some less enjoyable.
This 2005 Cabernet is much fresher, tasting of blackcurrant fruit, with an acidic backbone. The fruit is a little underripe, while meaty flavours hint at some overripe grapes as well. It is very typical of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, also displaying one of its inherent problems, a hole on the mid palate.
This is a pleasant, yet somewhat uneven food wine.