2016

Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon from our Abercrombie vineyard, located in the Mount Barker sub region of the Great Southern, is crafted to highlight the distinctive varietal and regional qualities of our best sites.

$32.00 /750ml

VARIETAL

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE

2016

ALCOHOL

14%

VOLUME

750 mL

ACIDITY

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.80g/L

CELLARING POTENTIAL

PH

BOTTLED

February 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon from our Abercrombie vineyard, located in the Mount Barker sub region of the Great
Southern, is crafted to highlight the distinctive varietal and regional qualities of our best sites.

In the cooler, continental climate of the Mount Baker region, our north facing, elevated sites,
capture ample sun to fully ripen Cabernet. The fruit notes, reminiscent of a briary hedgerow,
are ever so slightly untamed. Fragrant sweet spice, cocoa and creamy oak give a coddling
warmth and dimension to this wild fruit character.
More fine than full-bodied, the palate’s soft, plush red fruits give richness of flavour while
the fine tannins build length and structure. The 2016 Howard Park Cabernets are defined
by long ripe flavours, supple tannins, balance and elegance.
Tasted May 2018

Across the temperate south west of Western Australia, the winter of 2015 was typically dry
and mild yet sufficiently wet enough to fill catchments. The spring was less blustery than
preceding years and the start to summer warm to hot. All in all it was a promising start.
As summer progressed, the early warmth suggested a rapid fire, short vintage. Then in the
third week of January, this prediction was derailed by a significant (65 to 90 mm in one day)
and unprecedented deluge. The rain proved to be more of a blessing than a curse due to the
dryness of the soil profile and the timing of the event.
With veraison well advanced in late January, the native marri bloomed throughout the
region, keeping the birds otherwise occupied, a complete about – turn to 2015. The “bird
pressure” as we call it, has a significant impact on quality, quantity and stress levels in any
vintage. The remainder of the vintage progressed with little weather distractions.

Abercrombie Vineyard. Block 1A, 1B & 2. Mount Barker sub region, Great Southern.
Soils – shallow lateritic gravels over sandy, clay loam.

Harvest occurred in early-April 2016. Small parcels are hand-picked and all batches are sorted
to remove matter other than grapes before fermentation. Fermentation occurred in closed
stainless steel fermenters. Selected parcels remained on skins after fermentation to further
enhance the tannin profile while others were pressed at dryness to capture fruit vibrancy.
Each batch is matured separately in order to build a wine history over time.
Barrel maturation – 18 months in 40% new and 60% older French oak barriques.
After a light egg white fining and filtration, the wine is bottled.

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