Cape Mentelle Vineyards - Experience Margaret River

WA | Margaret River

Behind The Scenes Tour with Food and Wine Pairing Experience
Approx Duration Approx 2.5 hours Sleeps From $85.00

Arrival at the cellar door by 10.20am for a 10.30am start. You are welcomed by our tour guide and HiVis Vests are offered to be worn for safety. 5 minutes

The tour guide leads the group across the public carpark and into the Wallcliffe cabernet sauvignon vineyard established in 1970. The location of Cape Mentelle is discussed along with the current viticultural practices that highlight the wine style created through our maritime regionality. Standing amongst the third planted vineyard in the Margaret River region sharing stories created by the vision of Founder David Hohnen and his brothers is both informative and visually breathtaking. 20 minutes

At 10.55am we leave the vineyard and walk back towards the cellar door and across to the winery. Climbing a set of stairs into the red fermentation cellar, we head into the heart of the cellar to sample juice or wine whilst discussing the differences between white and red grape processing. Visual points of reference when appropriate and available in the working winery environment are highlighted.  15 minutes

We walk back out of the red ferment cellar and into the barrel hall, which holds all our wines that are maturing in oak barriques. Be aware of hoses, pumps and forklifts. The wine making process i.e. primary and secondary fermentation along with the importance of oak selection, integration and the use of a Nomblott egg is discussed. 15 minutes

The tour guide then leads the group past the white cellar and through to the historic oak vat cellar which was built in 1977. Several original large French oak vats stand proudly in the first registered rammed earth building in Western Australia.

To complete the walking component of the tour you will then visit the original cabernet cellar which showcases 150 oak barriques surrounded by our historical timeline in a rammed earth setting. This is the venue for our annual International Cabernet Tasting benchmarking our current flagship Cabernet Sauvignon amongst 20 other cabernets from countries such as France, Italy, United States and Australia. 10 minutes.

Guests are invited to freshen up before sitting at the table in the Cabernet cellar for the food and wine pairing. A food and wine flight consisting of 6 canapés and 6 current release wines of 40 ml pours in Riedel glassware along with a spittoon, water and reference booklet, is set out for each person. A seasonal canapé menu highlighting local produce is presented. Vegetarian and gluten free requirements can be catered for and bookings are essential the day prior.

A guided interactive and educational experience that takes one through a flight of white and red wines both from an in depth tasting perspective and food pairing discovery. 60 minutes

Behind The Scenes Tour
Approx Duration Approx 1.5 hours Sleeps From $30.00

Behind the Scenes at Cape Mentelle

Tour guests will be asked to arrive
at the cellar door by 10.20am for a 10.30am start where you will be welcomed by
your tour guide and host.

The group will first visit the
historic Wallcliffe Vineyard established in 1970 that produces our award-winning
Cabernet Sauvignon.

The guide will discuss our viticultural
practices and the influences on wine styles and quality. We discuss the
historical reasons for the siting of the vineyard and beginnings of Margaret
River as a wine growing region.

After leaving the vineyard we will
visit the winery and discuss in detail how our beautiful wine is made. We
discuss crushing/destemming, fermentation, maceration, pressing and barrel
ageing. You will also learn the different techniques required for making wine
and red wines. The guide will be happy to take questions at any stage of the
tour.

Most days we will be able to do
some ‘tank thieving’ – a term used to describe tasting directly from the tank.
This is a seasonal option and therefore not always available.

Depending on wine-making activities
on the day, it may be possible to visit the Barrel Hall. Here we can discuss
the different types of oak barrels and their influence on the wine.

The tour guide then leads the group
past the white cellar and through to the historic oak vat cellar which was
built in 1977. Several original large French oak vats stand proudly in the rammed
earth building, the first registered in Western Australia.

To complete the walking component
of the tour you will then visit the original cabernet cellar which showcases
150 oak barriques surrounded by the pictorial timeline showcasing the history
of Cape Mentelle. This is the venue for our annual International Cabernet
Tasting benchmarking our current flagship Cabernet Sauvignon amongst 20 other
cabernets from around the world.

Guests are asked to wear flat, closed in shoes as we are visiting a vineyard
and working winery.























This is a 1 hour event finishing at approximately
11.30pm.