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Howling Wolves Small Batch Cabernet Sauvignon

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Howling Wolves is one of the value 'sleeper' producers in the Margaret River, so it's worth getting a few bottles in and gathering your wolf pack around some beef spare ribs. Loads of dark fruits and choc-mint decorate the nose, whilst the palate is medium to fuller-bodied, sweetly-fruited and juicy, with licks of chocolate, a decent line of fine but solid tannins, bright acidity, and a tightly-wound finish that begs for a decent decant, or a couple more years in the cellar. Amazing value!

Winemaker's Notes

Just released and already a Gold Medal winner at the 2013 Rutherglen Wine Show. Beautifully complex and intriguing with aniseed and violet aromas whispering through deeper notes of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and candied orange peel, with a palate awash with cranberry and blackberry flavours and a great intensity and succulence. A sophisticated maturation in French Oak Barriques yields hints of vanilla with a seamless integration, ultra-fine tannins and a gorgeous, delicate, perfumed finish. Will age superbly and reward for more than 10 years.
 

Appearance: A rich ruby to dark plum.

Nose: Complex and intriguing aromas of dried sage, aniseed and violets, whispering through deeper notes of black currant, dark chocolate and candied orange peel.

Palate: The sophisticated French Oak treatment provides hints of graphite and vanilla with a palate awash with dark cherry, cranberry and blackberry flavours with a touch of cloves all moreishly enhanced by a tangy acidity to provide great intensity of flavour and succulence. Medium bodied and ultra-fine, structural tannins create a tight, dry and delicate, perfumed finish.

Food: Porcini and herb crusted lamb, beef wellington, Chinese roast duck, rabbit pate and dark chocolate.

Cellaring: Will age superbly for the next 10 years and beyond.

Alcohol: 13.3%

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