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West Cape Howe Book Ends Cabernet Sauvignon

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In the Great Southern they say that life is a Cabernet. Well, actually they don’t but it sounds romantic. The noble thick-skinned grape gets to ripen evenly in the cooler climate of this part of W.A. allowing Cabernet characters to properly express themselves.

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West Cape Howe Book Ends Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
2010 was an exciting season for West Cape Howe, producing a lively and attractively poised cabernet, capturing lifted violet perfume fragrance and crunchy black- and redcurrant fruit, with notes of tobacco and cigar box. The finish is defined by impressively vibrant acidity and lingering crunchy black- and redcurrant fruit. Tannins are finely structured and enveloped neatly into its fruit, which lingers long and linear on the finish.
Wine Taste Weekly Edition 105
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Exceptional cabernet from the Great Southern. So deep and dark in the glass. The aroma is pure concentrated cabernet essence showing such power and finesse. The palate has excellent structure with grainy tannins and fine grained oak supporting the opulent rich cabernet. Will keep on improving.
WA Wine Guide 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Vivid crimson-purple; fresh as a daisy, with vibrant redcurrant and cherry fruit; the cedary oak is, of course, evident, as are silky tannins; the wine can be enjoyed tonight or in 20 years.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Follows in the footsteps of the equally good 2008 wines, with the same compelling value for money. Deep, vivid crimson-purple; a distinguished cabernet, with pristine blackcurrant fruit on the bouquet, joined by some plum on the palate; 18 months in French oak has added cedary complexity, and the overall structure and balance is admirable.
to 2024
Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Great colour, vivid and deep crimson-purple; classy cabernet, the palate medium-bodied, the varietal fruit deliciously ripe, the perfectly balanced tannins likewise; has very good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
There is a pure essence of Cabernet fruit on the nose that strikes with black currant and some richer plum nuances. The oak infusion is subtle and allowed the powerful fruit to dominate. The palate is powerful with ripe firmish tannins but the supple sweet fruit is thoroughly gorgeous. Outstanding wine.Ê
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Sourced from older (twenty years plus) vineyards, this has an air of finesse and elegance to it. Nice, ripe, sweet aromas of plums and cassis, and some sweet dark spices in the background too. The palate has assertive acid clip and a decent serve of ripe tannin, which climbs into action later in the palate - nothing aggressive, though, just nicely balanced, svelte and elegant cabernet.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A sensational bottle of wine for the money, this has ripeness and plenty of cabernet character with all the trimmings of very top quality wine. Cassis and mocha, leafy nuances and ripe dark berry aromas; decent reach and sway, some handsome, chewy cabernet tannin and plenty of lingering richness.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Very good colour; a rich cabernet with abundant varietal flavour thanks to picking at the right moment and skilled blending; achieves maximum expression while only medium-bodied, for the savoury tannins will underpin long-term development.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
You won't get too many better examples of Great Southern cabernet than this pearler. It's supple and generous but with that effortless length and grace that only comes in the best seasons. Minty red berry and blackcurrant nuances with a delightful cedary oak influence.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Highly perfumed redcurrant and cassis fruits and a little cedar; good depth and weight of cabernet on the finish, especially for the vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Strong, deep colour; medium- to full-bodied, crammed with blackcurrant and cassis fruit, but in no sense over the top; touches of dark chocolate and French oak; fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; convincing varietal expression through sweet cassis and blackcurrant fruit, tightening up on the finish as it should with ripe, fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007

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