One of Margaret River’s founding wineries, Cape Mentelle Vineyards, has taken out this year’s prestigious Old Vine Trophy,
The Old Vine Trophy, organised by the the International Wine and Spirits Competition in partnership with The Old Vine Conference, recognises producers who have worked tirelessly to preserve and protect old vines as well as spread awareness of the importance of nurturing heritage vineyards.
After a rigorous selection process featuring some of the finest producers in the industry, Cape Mentelle emerged as the winner ahead of other notable establishments from around the world including Clairault Streicker, Hester Creek Estate Winery, Le Bertole di Bortolin and Terre Paisible.
Cape Mentelle’s Chief Winemaking and Viticulture David Moulton said the vineyard has consistently showcased a holistic approach to preserving their old vines through the entire production process.
“Great wines are grown, not made. Our commitment to upholding our legacy is shown through the continued preservation of our old vines which delivers some of the best wine not only in the Margaret River region but also Australia and the world,” he said.
“This recognition is a reward to the entire team at Cape Mentelle, we can celebrate our old vines by creating the best possible wine each year. This is something we have been focussing on throughout our history and it’s great to be recognised at an international level. Thank you to the IWSC and The Old Vine Conference for championing old vines around the world.”
Cape Mentelle has always focused on soil health while also adopting innovative technology into traditional agriculture practices. Using their own recycled compost and astute water management, Cape Mentelle has been able to sustainably preserve the condition of its vines.
By increasing organic matter content, ensuring old vines receive the necessary nutrients for optimal growth.
Cape Mentelle also uses drones to measure plant cells per square centimetre, and radiometrics to send an electronic signal into the soil, to obtain a reading of soil moisture.
Additionally, Cape Mentelle was recognised for the establishment of its ‘nursery block’ to ensure heritage plantings could be preserved.
The award also highlighted Cape Mentelle’s dedication to staff education ensuring the team have become strong custodians committed to preserving the legacy vineyards.