Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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The 2018 Abercrombie reflects the highs that can be achieved in a superb vintage when thoughtful and deliberate winemaking combine with exceptional vineyards. The color is a vivid, deep ruby, tingeing purple and betraying the wine’s youth. The bouquet evolves in a measured fashion as the wine slowly aerates, filling the glass with textbook Cabernet perfume of powerful dark fruits, rubbed bay leaf, cedar, coffee beans and vanilla. Intensity and purity of fruit is the standout feature, and this transmits seamlessly to the palate, where the profound structure and effortless length also take centre stage. The harmony of rich fruit, clean and vibrant acidity and fine, abiding tannins speak to the beguiling nature of this young wine and the glorious future that awaits its patient custodians in ensuing decades. This is true West Australian Cabernet. This is really fine with such polished and manicured fruit and tannins that deliver a thoroughly refined and beautiful palate with sweet dark fruit, from currants to blackberries. Long, long finish. Hard not to drink now. But one for the cellar. Try after 2025. This is the flagship wine that brings together Margaret River and Mount Barker (in the Great Southern). Both areas bring different attributes: Margaret River brings the red fruit, the suppleness and the fine tannins, while Mount Barker brings the muscle, brawn, tannin and power. So, you can see that these two regions do well together. In the glass, the 2018 Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon is without doubt the most powerful iteration of Abercrombie ever made, with concentration and density wedged into the established house style that Howard Park has refined over the years. This retains the house characters of pencil shavings, dried spice and savory texture, and it combines it with the unfettered fruit power that was available in 2018. Very smart.

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