Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? Here’s another stunner from the cellar of Howard Park. It’s 8-year old cabernet off of their incredible Scotsdale vineyard in Mount Barker, lovingly rested in perfect condition at the winery. The wine is vivid, alluring and plush, leaping out of the glass with currants, plum, cocoa and rose petals. On the palate, it is complete and complex, hinting at blueberry, blackcurrant, coffee and aniseed. James Halliday absolutely loved it, giving a score of 97 points and suggesting that the wine will drink well on through to 2042. We’ve tasted it and think there’s no harm in cracking a bottle now though. There’s no wrong way to do it.
“From the near-40yo estate vineyard at Mount Barker; separate lots were either pressed at dryness or given post-ferment maceration, and kept separate during 20 months maturation in French oak (40% new). Picture perfect, not a hair out of place as the blackcurrant fruit, a touch of black olive and cedary oak flows seamlessly along the supremely elegant palate.”
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- Great Southern
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- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
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Great Southern is, believe it or not, the country's largest wine region at 200km east to west, and 100km north to south. No surprise then, that the countryside and climate changes dramatically from end to end, and that there are five subregions: maritime Albany; neighbouring Denmark; Frankland River, favouring Bordeaux reds; cooler Mount Barker renowned for stunning Riesling; and even cooler, granitic, continental Porongorup where Cabernet defers to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. As a large region to source from, variety and style can vary immensely, but you can count on quality, as there are so many great vines to choose from.
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