Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ Varietal Makeup: 97%Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Region: 79% Great Southern , 21% Margaret River
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
Rating 96 - Tyson Stelzer, WBM100
Rating 95 - James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au 2009
Rating 95 - - Huon Hooke, 100 Top New Releases, Gourmet Traveller Wine
‘It is a world class red...” - Peter Forrestal, STM Magazine
Peter Forrestal, GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE, December-January 2010
“This is a stunningly good cabernet, the best vintage yet of the Howard Park flagship. Over the years, its composition has changed both in terms of its grape varieties and its regional make-up. Called Abercrombie – a Burch family name – from this vintage, it is ultra-concentrated with ripe blackcurrant, black cherry and brambly flavours with a hint of tobacco leaf, all impeccably balanced with fine sweet tannins. It’s multi-layered, complex, elegant and plush.”
“…stunningly good cabernet, the best vintage yet… impeccably balanced…complex, elegant and plush.”
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2005 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon is deep red in colour with a youthful vibrancy.
The nose is filled with ripe cassis, roasted tomatoes, and hints of fresh Cuban cigars 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 layered and textured with undertones of vanillin and savoury French oak, leading to a structured finish with elegance and poise.
The fruit was hand picked at optimal maturity and fermented in open stainless steel vats. The wines were pumped over twice a day to obtain a balance extraction of colour, tannin and flavour development. The structure of both the Margaret River and Great Southern components allowed for extended maceration of the wines on skins once alcoholic fermentation was complete. Two weeks later, the wines were pressed and racked to 100% French oak barriques for maturation prior to bottling.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2009