Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ Varietal Makeup: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
Rating 96 -James Halliday - Published on 03 Aug 2010, Australian Wine Companion
Excellent crimson; features a blend of 'old vine' cabernet from Great Southern (93%)/Margaret River (7%); a distinguished wine with very clearly articulated varietal fruit at the 'sweet spot' of maturity. Will age superbly.
Winery Tasting 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.
Stands alone as a powerful wine with fine, supple tannins and great fruit depth. The wine will benefit from eight to ten or more years maturation under ideal cellaring conditions.
We completed harvest by the end of March, about 3 weeks ahead of normal and much of the intake was compacted due to the light crops. The fruit was hand picked, sorted and fermented in a mix of small static fermenters and open stainless steel vats. The wines were hand-plunged and pumped over as required to balance the 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 for four weeks once alcoholic fermentation was complete. The wines were basket-pressed and matured in 50% new and 50% one year old French oak barriques from several different coopers.