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Howard Park Wines is Western Australia's largest boutique family-owned winery producing a range of handcrafted fine Australian wines from the state's premier grape growing regions of Margaret River and the Great Southern. Since its inception in 1986, Howard Park’s philosophy has been to craft outstanding boutique Australian wines of great subtlety, character, balance and elegance with an uncompromising commitment to quality.

The Abercrombie is Howard Park Wines finest Cabernet Sauvignon. In most years the wine is a blend of grapes sourced from the Dennis vineyard in Mount Barker and the Leston vineyard in Margaret River. Our long term commitment to and passion for grape growing in the two major premiums grape growing regions of Western Australia is reflected in this wine. 

Most of this wine (83%) comes from old vines growing at Mount Barker in WA; the remainder comes from the Leston vineyard in Margaret River. It sees 60% new French oak for 20 months. It has a certain kind of aristocracy, fitting of a cabernet, though it still manages to hold your hand and lead you through. It’s full of bay leaf and blackcurrant, all strident and stringy and firm, though milk chocolate and lead pencil characters have a softening influence. It’s like having your cake and eating it. It’s built for the cellar but, particularly after a decent decant, it comes together and drinks well now; that said, I prefer my reds young but even I would be putting this in a cool, dark place for a few years. It needs it. It will benefit. It will be a beauty at maturity. Tasted: April 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $125; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2040; Rating: 95+ Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

83% Mount Barker, 17% Margaret River, wild-fermented, extended maceration, matured for 20 months in French barriques (60% new). Has class stamped all over it in big letters from start to finish. The bouquet is full of fragrant cassis fruit and high quality cedary oak, the medium-bodied, but intense, palate with perfectly balanced fruit, tannins and oak. That balance makes it easy to enjoy now, even though its ultimate destiny is way down the track. Drink by: 2043; Price: $125.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion


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