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HOWARD PARK Cabernet Blend, Western Australia 2002

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HOWARD PARK Cabernet Blend, Western Australia 2002

Some of Howard Park's best Cabernet is sourced from the Spring View Vineyard located on the southern ‘rain shadow’ side of the Porongurup Ranges and is noted for being “very complex, perfumed and textural.” The Wildwood Road vineyard on the northern edge of Margaret River brings chocolaty aromas and mid palate richness. The wine is batch vinified in open static fermenters. The fermenting wine is regularly pumped over with a splash and return system and aerated to polymerise and resolve tannin structure. At dryness the wine sees extended maceration for between 20 and 30 days before being aged in well-seasoned fine grained Seguin Moreau French oak for a period of 24 months. The final selection process for the wine occurs in barrel at the end of two years when each barrel is tasted separately to grade the wine. Opulence without soupiness, restraint with underlying power and concentration are all hallmarks of the Howard Park style. Howard Park is making highly innovative and impressive wines – especially reds. Andrew Caillard MW (Langton's).
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Some of Howard Park's best Cabernet is sourced from the Spring View Vineyard located on the southern ‘rain shadow’ side of the Porongurup Ranges and is noted for being “very complex, perfumed and textural.” The Wildwood Road vineyard on the northern edge of Margaret River brings chocolaty aromas and mid palate richness. The wine is batch vinified in open static fermenters. The fermenting wine is regularly pumped over with a splash and return system and aerated to polymerise and resolve tannin structure. At dryness the wine sees extended maceration for between 20 and 30 days before being aged in well-seasoned fine grained Seguin Moreau French oak for a period of 24 months. The final selection process for the wine occurs in barrel at the end of two years when each barrel is tasted separately to grade the wine. Opulence without soupiness, restraint with underlying power and concentration are all hallmarks of the Howard Park style. Howard Park is making highly innovative and impressive wines – especially reds. Andrew Caillard MW (Langton's).
  • Style: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage: 2002
  • Region: Western Australia
  • Code: HPCM
  • Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Country: Australia

Region Western Australia

Cool to warm climate/Elevation to 150m Western Australia covers 2.5 million (2,529,880) square kilometres and is about the same size as Western Europe. About 70% of the population (1,897,400) lives in Perth the state capital. The size and sheer emptiness of this state is difficult to imagine. The climate varies from tropical in the north with its two distinct ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ seasons to the mild Mediterranean climate in the south west. The coastline is 20,780 kilometres long. The landscape comprises vast tracts of rough arid ‘outback’ rich in mineral resources, sweeping wheat plains and extraordinary jarrah and karri forests in the south west. The major wine regions are the Swan Valley, Margaret River and the Lower Great Southern. The Swan Valley was until relatively recently Western Australia’s most important wine region. Located on flat alluvial plains, this is a particularly hot wine region and suited to fortified wine production. Houghton’s is the region’s significant producer. Its
Cool to warm climate/Elevation to 150m Western Australia covers 2.5 million (2,529,880) square kilometres and is about the same size as Western Europe. About 70% of the population (1,897,400) lives in Perth the state capital. The size and sheer emptiness of this state is difficult to imagine. The climate varies from tropical in the north with its two distinct ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ seasons to the mild Mediterranean climate in the south west. The coastline is 20,780 kilometres long. The landscape comprises vast tracts of rough arid ‘outback’ rich in mineral resources, sweeping wheat plains and extraordinary jarrah and karri forests in the south west. The major wine regions are the Swan Valley, Margaret River and the Lower Great Southern. The Swan Valley was until relatively recently Western Australia’s most important wine region. Located on flat alluvial plains, this is a particularly hot wine region and suited to fortified wine production. Houghton’s is the region’s significant producer. Its highly regarded Jack Mann Cabernet is made from Lower Great Southern fruit. Wine production has inevitably extended into newer regions over the last 35 years. A report published by John Gladstones in 1965 found that the Margaret River had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures in the growing season promoting even ripening. The region has established an astonishing reputation in 30 years, illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture. The underbelly of southwest Western Australia, known as the Lower Great Southern, is Western Australia’s coolest wine-growing region. In the south around Denmark the climate is maritime influenced becoming more continental inland. Pemberton is a pioneering wine region with apparently great potential, also located in the southwest of Western Australia in the heart of karri forest country, where the deep red loams and high rainfall give rise to Western Australia's tallest, most majestic forest. The multi-district Western Australian blend is a rare beast. Howard Park’s Western Australian Cabernet Merlot is an example of a highly successful house style, making a wine with superb fruit definition, opulence and flavour length. The fruit is sourced from the Lower Great Southern and Margaret River. The idea of a multi-district blend counters the trend of making single vineyard or single region wines. It is highly likely, with the increasing cost of vineyard land within the now established regions, for wineries to source outside fruit. Evans and Tate (who are well regarded) have significant vineyard developments on the fringe of Margaret River at Jindong. Certainly the reputation of the producer is of primary importance. Multi-District Cabernet Merlot Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot is a Western Australian blend made with fruit sourced from the Lower Great Southern and Margaret River regions, the majority of the wine coming from Mount Barker and Porongurup. The vineyards are planted on ‘gravelly, mean’ soils. Opulence without soupiness, restraint with underlying power and concentration, are all hallmarks of the Howard Park style. The wines evolve over 8-10 years, reaching a plateau of complexity, developing a mature bouquet of cedar and polished leather, but still show freshness and intensity of fruit. The palate is highly concentrated and fleshy, balanced by pronounced acid and fine-grained tannins. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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Winery HOWARD PARK

Howard Park was established by Jeff Burch and John Wade in the mid-1980s and quickly achieved notoriety for its wines. John Wade, a highly innovative and well-respected winemaker, made the first wines. In the late 1990s, after considerable success in the market place, Howard Park decided to move its red wine production to Margaret River to take advantage of its reputation and proximity to a larger population base. Today the winemaking team continues to innovate, producing a range of highly regarded wines from select vineyard sites across Western Australia including Mount Barker, Porongurup, Denmark, Frankland River and Margaret River.
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