This Thirsty Thursday we travel to Bordeaux….via Australia?
Yes, far away from the famed/derided/wallabied land of Shiraz in South Australia, on the Western coast flows the Margaret River towards India:
Cape Mentelle saw potential and planted Bordeaux’s famed Cab Sauv, Merlot, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc: grapes that honestly can’t handle hotter climates.
This Thirsty Thursday we wake our palates up with a 2014 (thank you Southern Hemisphere) blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon.
Appearance: A clear, painfully pale lemon fills my glass, glinting wintery and white.
Aromas: Lime peel, verbena, white tea and sea salt emerge with moderate intensity.
Palate: Dry, tightly strung acidity lightens the already light 12.5% alcohol into an even more feathery body.
Flavors: Semillon’s plump melon and pear (Orange zest?), morph into Sauvignon Blanc’s fresh squeezed lemon juice and salinity. Mouths water for hours as does the length.
Conclusions: Cape Mentelle’s 2014 Blanc is austere, vibrant, yet seductive: a fantastic nod to its Bordelaise heritage. For under $20 I dare you to find a bright, cooler winter white.