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Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Abercrombie is Howard Park Wines finest Cabernet Sauvignon. In most years the wine is a blend of grapes sourced from the Dennis vineyard in Mount Barker and the Leston vineyard in Margaret River. Our long term commitment to and passion for grape growing in the two major premiums grape growing regions of Western Australia is reflected in this wine.

Appearance: The deep and dark ruby colour implies the intensity and richness that is abundantly delivered on bouquet and palate.

Nose: Full of dense and very ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruits with hints of sweet mint, freshly rubbed savoury herbs, earth and truffle.

Palate: The fruit power and opulence of the palate is deftly cradled by well integrated ripe fruit, firm acidity and fine oak tannins. A wine of great presence that will age with grace.

Cellaring: After 6 months of settling in the bottle the wine is released .The 2011 is an outstanding vintage of Abercrombie that will take time it’s time to reach maturity yet will cellar well for more than a decade. This wine will drink at its best from 2015.

Alcohol: 14.0%

Winemaker's Notes

The Abercrombie is Howard Park Wines finest Cabernet Sauvignon. In most years the wine is a blend of grapes sourced from the Dennis vineyard in Mount Barker and the Leston vineyard in Margaret River. Our long term commitment to and passion for grape growing in the two major premiums grape growing regions of Western Australia is reflected in this wine.

Appearance: The deep and dark ruby colour implies the intensity and richness that is abundantly delivered on bouquet and palate.

Nose: Full of dense and very ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruits with hints of sweet mint, freshly rubbed savoury herbs, earth and truffle.

Palate: The fruit power and opulence of the palate is deftly cradled by well integrated ripe fruit, firm acidity and fine oak tannins. A wine of great presence that will age with grace.

Cellaring: After 6 months of settling in the bottle the wine is released .The 2011 is an outstanding vintage of Abercrombie that will take time it’s time to reach maturity yet will cellar well for more than a decade. This wine will drink at its best from 2015.

Alcohol: 14.0%

expert reviews about

Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

Ralph Kyte-Powell (2011 Vintage) says
Western Australian cabernet sauvignon is a modern classic, and flagship wines like this carry the flag proudly. Based on Margaret River grapes with input from Mount Barker, it’s a profound, almost immortal type of red, driven by concentrated blackcurrant, herb, violet, cedar and dark chocolate aromas of great power. The palate has typical austerity, yet there’s great depth and intensity of fruit woven through its tight structure of fine-grained tannins and tangy acidity. A wine for the future.
The Age, 22 July 2014.
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep crimson; a youthful and effusive wine, displaying the very essence of cassis and cedar, with a fairly hefty dose of new oak; undoubtedly built for the long haul, as the concentration of fruit and the impressive level of tannins simply must have time to settle down and integrate with the oak; the wait will be worth it.
To 2040
Australian Wine Companion 2013
96
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; made from old vine cabernet from Great Southern (predominantly)/ Margaret River; spends 20 months in 60% new French oak barriques and is fermented wild. This is classically powerful cabernet sauvignon, its fruit and tannins grappling with each other; over time the tannins will lose the battle and at the point of surrender, a truly great wine will emerge.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
I expected that this would be a pretty damned good cabernet and it hasn't disappointed. It's a Great Southern Margaret River blend. The Great Southern brings to silky smooth refinement to the muscular Margaret River fruit. The tannins are firm though fine. remarkably textured wine with excellent structure and definition on the palate. Destined to be one of the best though when tasted it was still so tight and taut.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
97
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
2009 was the pinnacle of a run of five great vintages in the west, and with an almost equal share of Great Southern in the blend, this wine shows that the blessings flowed beyond Margaret River. It’s everything that you’d expect of the finest vintages of Abercrombie, yet, simultaneously, more vibrant lift, deeper black fruits, lower alcohol (13.5%), more precise poise, more textural tannins, greater energy and more epic persistence. It will unravel for decades.
Wine Taste - Edition 55 2012
97
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
This is a blend of Great and Margaret River Cabernet. A more refined and stylish wine that the previous outstanding 2007 and very typical of this great southern vintage. Savoury, black currant and leafy tobacco notes provide a complex attack on the nose. The palate is just gorgeously supple, elegant and stylish, yet the fruit weight and intensity is superb. Just about the best yet in this long line-up.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
97
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
CABERNET SAUVIGNON OF THE YEAR - Howard Park has been making top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon for over twenty years but it's pulled out a ripper from the 2008 vintage. This is what cabernet is all about. Long-flavoured, rich and regal, its potential for cellaring abundantly clear. This is a wine with both authority and softness; as with so many of the world's best wines, this will drink beautifully in any situation, as a young wine and also once it's old. This is a wine that melts in your mouth. Just put your nose into this - its positively erotic for a Cabernet fancier. Red fruits, some hints of liquorice, beautiful cedary oak, cassis, blackcurrant and violets. Medium bodied, firm but very fine. Beautiful shape and structure. Impeccable tannin. Length to burn. Just bottled but it shines. Top wine. Some tobaccoey cabernet flavours on exit. Not heavy. Classic.
The Big Red Wine Book, 2010 2010
97
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Not since the 2004 release have we been so impressed. The 2005 and 2007 Abercrombie cabernets are very good, but this 2008 is back in the top echelon. Just put your nose into this - it's positively erotic for a cabernet fancier. Red fruits, some hints of liquorice, beautiful cedary oak, cassis, blackcurrant and violets. Medium-bodied, firm but very fine. Beautiful shape and structure. Impeccable tannin. Length to burn. Just bottled but it shines. Top wine. Some tobaccoey cabernet flavours on exit. Not heavy. Classic.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
97
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
This Howard Park's top of the tree cabernet. It's from largely Mount Barker fruit with a small amount of Margaret River providing mid palate grunt. A stylish and thoroughly seamless fine of poise and presence. Seamless smooth palate with fine silky tannins, fine-grained oak and deep concentrated fruit intensity. Outstanding wine of great promise.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
More seductive fruit flavour.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
96
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2001 Vintage) says
Superb tannin, superb fruit.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
97

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