For the cellar

Cape Mentelle Zinfandel, Margaret River 2011 $55

It’s hard to remember a better ‘Mental Zin’ than this. It’s deep red-purple hued and scented with sweet blackberry, mixed spice and vanilla aromas. Big, bold and powerful, but undeveloped as yet, it has a tannic grip balancing a sweetly ripe flavour of terrific length. It’s unusual to see zinfandel so balanced and polished. Drink 2014 to 2036. 14.5 per cent alcohol. 93/100 (Huon’s Wine 360)

Food: aged parmesan

Stockists: Vintage Cellars Leichhardt & Newtown; Manly Liquor Stop

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