Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (3 x 1.5L Magnum), WA.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ The palate displays the benefit of the addition of the Margaret River Cabernet with rich sweet fruit displaying chocolaty and ripe berries complementing the leaner more austere Great Southern Cabernet. The outstanding feature of the wine is the structural complexity achieved only in a few wines with mature ripe tannin and backed up by quality French oak.

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ The palate displays the benefit of the addition of the Margaret River Cabernet with rich sweet fruit displaying chocolaty and ripe berries complementing the leaner more austere Great Southern Cabernet. The outstanding feature of the wine is the structural complexity achieved only in a few wines with mature ripe tannin and backed up by quality French oak.

Region:
WA - Margaret River
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Perfectly ripened cabernet fruit; luscious blackcurrant tempered by just a touch of olive and earth; tannins and oak (20 months French) perfectly integrated. Rating 95 - Drink by 2022, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2005)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

The 2002 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense blood red with a dark centre.

Aroma

The nose displays predominantly the characters of Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon; dusty earthy tones with dark blackcurrant fruits. There is high class cedary oak evident providing a savoury component to the bouquet.

Aroma

The palate displays the benefit of the addition of the Margaret River Cabernet with rich sweet fruit displaying chocolaty and ripe berries complementing the leaner more austere Great Southern Cabernet. The outstanding feature of the wine is the structural complexity achieved only in a few wines with mature ripe tannin and backed up by quality French oak.

Cellaring Potential

The 2002 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon has, like all its predecessors, all the structural components to reward long term cellaring. The expectation is that the wine would benefit from 10 years maturation.

Winemaking Notes

The fruit was fermented in open stainless steel vats with twice daily pumpovers with active aeration to promote the textural development of the wine. The resultant wine was matured in 100% new French oak barriques for 23 months prior to bottling. No fining and only minimal course filtration was performed.

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