96 Points James Halliday Wine Companion 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret Mt Barker Great Southern Western Australia
Excellent Langtons Classification. Abercrombie is the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon of Howard Park, noted for its outstanding structure, elegance and complexity. Abercrombie combines the austere dusty earth and blackcurrant aromas from Mount Barker, with the classic rich fruit and chocolate palette of Margaret River. Together they produce an elegantly balanced Cabernet wine with ripe, mature tannins backed up by quality French oak. Produced from the top 1% of fruit and only ever made in years when grapes of extraordinarily high quality are harvested.
Abercrombie has claimed Grande Medialle d'Or at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Over the years it has been internationally feted with multiple awards including Best in Class International Wine & Spirits Competition and two Blue Gold Medals at the Sydney International. Since inaugural release, the best parcels from a selection of the oldest vineyards in Margaret River, the cooler ripening climes of Mount Barker and Porongurup sub-region of Great Southern, have been set aside for Abercrombie. All fruit is hand picked, sorted and vinified in a mix of small static fermenters and open vats. The wines are hand plunged and pumped over as required to balance the extraction of colour, tannin and flavour development.
Opaque red with a purple rim. The nose is filled with blackberry, cedar, tomato leaf, dusty bitumen road and chocolate representing each distinctive component of the harmonious blend. The palate starts with a rush of plush red berry fruit and reaches its zenith with damp earth and forest floor complexity balanced by ultrafine powdery and layered tannins. The finish displays long fruit and structural elements balanced by supporting mocha oak.