Cape Mentelle has been riding the ups and downs of a winery more than most. First, Jimmy Watson Trophy winner in consecutive years in the 80s (I don't think they enter this wine any more), then problems with green wines and brettanomyces for many years. This is all in the past.
The 2004 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon is still quite dark in colour, and black fruits show on the palate: blackcurrant, black cherry and bramble. This is an interesting wine, as it tastes quite ripe, but it has a lean and pungent streak with an acidic backbone as well. The wine has a good structure, but lacks generosity.