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Howard Park Cabernet Merlot

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Cracka Review

The 2007 Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon is opaque red with a purple rim. The nose is filled with ripe blackberry, cedar, blackcurrant and chocolate representing each distinctive component of the harmonious Great Southern and Margaret River blend.

On the palate, the Great Southern fruit parcels provide the structural backbone to the wine while the Margaret River component lifts the aromatics of the wine adding depth and complexity. The palate is rich and full-bodied with powerful fruit underpinned by very fine layered tannins and a long persistent finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2007 Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon is opaque red with a purple rim. The nose is filled with ripe blackberry, cedar, blackcurrant and chocolate representing each distinctive component of the harmonious Great Southern and Margaret River blend.

On the palate, the Great Southern fruit parcels provide the structural backbone to the wine while the Margaret River component lifts the aromatics of the wine adding depth and complexity. The palate is rich and full-bodied with powerful fruit underpinned by very fine layered tannins and a long persistent finish.

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Howard Park Cabernet Merlot

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Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
The wines tasted below in April 2009 showed the spread of mature flavour, from complex gravy and seasonings on the edge of dark chocolate in the older wine through baked fruitcake to regional raspberry and blackcurrant in the younger wines, with pippy tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
The typical velvet fist, with a panoply of blackcurrant and cassis aromas and flavours and flavours; a supple finish, and fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A sweet fragrance of violets and confiture-like aromas of cassis, dark cherries and plums are backed by somewhat raw vanilla/mocha oak and menthol-like undertones of dried herbs. Plush, smooth and forward, its substantial, dry and dusty palate shows both under and over-ripe influences of meatiness and greenish elements. With rather a simple extract of edgy tannin and a sappy acidity, it's very polished but lacks conviction and substance.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
89
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
One of Australia's best reds, and it cellars beautifully. Quality in recent years is as good or better than it has ever been. 2004 RELEASE Immediately apparent that this is an exceptionally good wine. The palate is a stencil of the nose, the complexity of flavour and aroma including mulberry, gravel, dried herbs and of course thick, satiny blackcurrant. Howard Park's Great Southern vineyard sources have a habit of producing impeccably structured fruit, and this wine is beautifully endowed in this regard. I know it's a lot of money, but it's a classic wine. DRINK 2015-2025.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
96
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
An even better colour than the '04; more powerful texture and structure, tannins to the fore; no velvet glove, just fist, demanding patience; great length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Closed, earthy and angular this browning and slightly vegetal cabernet blend marries currant-like flavours of plums and blackberries with aggressive, cedary oak and rather a raw and drying astringency. Its under-ripe and over-cooked, with a meaty listlessness and a tack of genuine brightness. It should become a little more charming over the medium term.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
88
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Elegant, polished but assertively oaked cabernet whose earthy, cedary aromas of slightly herbal small berries reveal some spirity aromas as well as a light varnishy volatility. Supple and sappy, the palate is long and smooth, delivering some attractive small red and black berry flavours tightly knit with creamy vanilla oak and fine-grained tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; fresh, crushed red berry aromas and subtle oak lead into a palate bounding with red fruits and some fine, savoury flavours, supported by convincing oak and tannin inputs.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is clean, without any untoward lift, but the fruit is quite light. An elegant style on the palate, with delicate fruit sustained by spicy Troncais oak; well-balanced, fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
87
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red, with some softening in the purple hue. The bouquet is fragrant and complex, with that typical spicy/cedary oak of Howard Park; the palate has admirable structure with cedary, foresty flavours, soft, fine tannins, and sweetness deriving partly from the fruit and partly from the Troncais oak. A welcome return to form.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
93
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium to foil red-purple; from this point on I have real problems with the wine. Like the curate's egg, it is great in parts, but not others. The 'others' derive from the degree of that is euphemistically called lift and technically called volatile acidity. There arewonderful dark berry and dark chocolate flavours together with that sweet, cedary oak, but I cannot help but notice the volatility. Others may be less pedantic.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
89
Rob Geddes MW (1992 Vintage) says
From a private cellar. Tasted as a 21 year old, Complex black currant, menthol,briar, animale, earthy spice to light soya aromas with intergated chary oak. Appelaing ripe black currant fruit sweetness and menthol with deep long mouth filling ong flavour with delccacy and length. The finsh is still firm with oak on the finish.
Rob Geddes MW
94

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