When I open a bottle of Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon, I am looking forward to its mocca flavours. How does the 2004 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon stack up?
This is a strange wine, actually. It seems half pregnant on a number of dimensions: there are pretty red currant flavours, but not enough to fill the mouth; there is elegance, but not enough to carry through to the back palate; the mocca flavours are there, but pretty much in the background. What I would wish is that this wine had a bit more grip, as you would expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon. It is not a bad wine, it has quite silky tannins, but they get a bit lost next to a hearty meal.
In terms of maturity, the wine is still quite fresh and not yet mellowing (under screw cap). Therefore it would certainly hold up for another five years and possibly improve its allure during this time.