West Cape Howe `Hannah's Hill` Cabernet Merlot 2012 (12 x 750mL), WA.

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$203.88 per case
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As part of our new Regional Series, the fruit for this Cabernet Merlot was sourced entirely from our vineyards in Frankland, a region known for robust and flavoursome reds. Fruit was harvested in small batches with each parcel processed separately allowing greater control over the final blend. After a period of cold maceration to maximise colour and flavour extraction, each batch was fermented with regular plunging and pump-overs with the tannin levels closely monitored. Once a desired level of tannin had been achieved, the batches were pressed off skins separately to undergo secondary fermentation. A period of 14-16 months in French oak saw the wines mature and develop before a final blending took place, with the resulting wine truly capturing the essence of the Frankland region.

WA - Frankland River
Western Australia

Expert Reviews

"Varietal definition, vibrant poise and characterful allure define an exceptionally well priced Great Southern cabernet merlot. Lovely perfume reminiscent of violets and roses introduces a crunchy palate of pristine red and blackcurrants, underlined by great acid structure. Fine, mineral tannin texture melds seamlessly with enticing dark chocolate oak. Drink 2014-2020." Click here to download presenter. 94 points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly, 11 April 2014

"Most impressive young cabernet merlot. There's an earthy gravelly loam character on the nose, merging with the distinctive savoury fruit. The flavour is impressively built, with grainy tannins and subtle oak supporting the rich, plummy characters. Lovely texture with a long palate." Rating 93 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian FRESH, 15 May 2014

"A good wine for its price from this consistent maker. It has peppermint and dark berry aromas, while the palate is bright with gentle, smooth but present tannins. There's good intensity of berry flavours, the mint note is quite subtle."91 points - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE - 100 Top New Release Wines, 1 May 2014

"I'm amazed at the quality West Cape Howe produces at modest prices. This is a classic example. The wine is a deep red-purple and its bouquet summons dark berries and peppermint, the palate flavours bright and medium-bodied with softness, and gentle tannins. The minty note is subtle. A very good wine and terrific value. Best drinking now to 2022. Food: Slow-braised lamb shanks." Rating 91 -

Red of the Week - Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 January 2014

Winery Tasting Notes


Dark rich plum with a youthful violet hue.


Lifted notes of cassis, plum and raspberries complemented with sweet oak.


Intense berry fruits are accompanied by dark chocolate, powdery tannin and hints of cigar box from the oak. These rich, ripe characters give a great depth of flavour and linger on the finish.

Cellaring Potential

Enjoy while youthful or will reward careful cellaring for 6 - 8 years.

WA - Frankland River
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Located in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, West Cape Howe is the most southerly point, rising some 250 metres above the Southern Ocean. It is thought that the first explorers to this coastline were Dutch seafarers in 1627 aboard their 'Fluyt' class vessel "Gulden Zeepaard" (Golden Seahorse).

The winery is named after this magnificent landmark to pay respect not only to the natural beauty of the region, but also in recognition of the extreme influence of the Southern Ocean on the area's viticulture. The rugged coastline is home to some stunning white beaches, sheltered coves and great rock climbing sites.

West Cape Howe Wines is owned by a partnership including Gavin Berry (until 2004, senior winemaker at Plantaganet), and viticulturist, Rob Quenby. It was founded in 1997 and soon became one of the fastest growing wine brands in Western Australia, now producing around 60,000 cases annually. Over time, it has acquired some of the oldest vineyard resources in the state, giving it unrivalled access to the best and most consistent quality fruit that the cool Great Southern wine region has to offer.

West Cape Howe's driving philosophy is to make delicious wines of harmony, balance, structure and flavour - wines that people love to drink.

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