West Cape Howe Book Ends Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
The West Cape Howe winery is situated on the undulating, historical and picturesque property of Langton on Muir Highway, Mount Barker, Western Australia. The property was purchased from Goundrey in 2009. This state-of-the-art winery is a world class facility, importantly located in Mount Barker, the premier fruit source location for West Cape Howe.
It's the exceptionally fine fruit quality of the Great Southern region and the combined skill and artistry of viticulture and winemaking that provides the West Cape Howe wine drinker with a truly memorable experience. West Cape Howe has acquired some of the oldest vineyard resources in Western Australia, giving unequalled access to the best and most consistent quality fruit that the cool Great Southern wine region has to offer.
The fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness and flavour profile from premium vineyards surrounding Mount Barker. The 10 day ferment included daily pumpovers for ideal tannin and colour extraction before the ferment was pressed. The separate portions were aged for 18 months in a selection of new and older French barriques. The final blend was decided using those premium parcels that typify a Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon. A further 12 months ageing in bottle before release allowed this wine to be in perfect balance.
10 days on skins, portions separately matured in new and used French barriques for 18 months with a further 12 months maturation in bottle. A pure, powerful and perfectly balanced cabernet at the start of what will be a very long life. It oozes blackcurrant, bay leaf and savoury notes on its long palate and aftertaste, the oak certainly evident, but equally subservient to the fruit and tannin of the wine. Another snap bargain from West Cape Howe. Rating: 95 Points; Price: $28.00; Date Published: Jan 2016; Alcohol: 14%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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