Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon showed its mettle in September when it was promoted from ‘Excellent’ to ‘Outstanding’ in the new edition of Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine. This pack of three, bottle-aged magnums, one each from the 2005, 2006 and 2011 vintages, all stored in climate-controlled conditions, is the perfect way to celebrate.
Abercrombie is the quiet achiever among leading West Australian Cabernets, its pedigree going back to 1986 although the wine has been named Abercrombie only since 2005. Its makeup has also varied over the years, with see-sawing contributions from Great Southern and Margaret River. Nevertheless, Abercrombie has steadily built a reputation for consistency, elegance and firm structure, and its longevity is now proven. Abercrombie entered Langton’s Classification (as Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot) in 2000.
"Deepish red colour with traces of purple and brick-red in the rim. The bouquet is complex and showing some development with interesting barbecued pork sausage and smoky cigarbox nuances. It's becoming very complex and inviting. The palate is very finely stuctured and long, with stately elegance and balance, style and great complexity of flavour. It still has fine red fruit flavours and freshness. A real star." 98 points, Real Review, July 2016
"Strong sweet berry, spice, cedar and aromatic mint flavours underpinned by subtle classy oak. This really is a very impressive wine - accessible now but with enormous cellaring potential. Wonderful fruit purity and length. A truly world class wine." 97 points, Real Review, December 2008
"...immensely powerful and seductively elegant… Concentrated and powerful with masses of blackcurrant and cedar merging with some plum and chocolate goodies. The palate is extremely focused and deep, yet the ripe tannins and plush fruit deliver a pleasing opulence." 95 points, WA Wine Guide 2009
"Leafy tobacco and cedary, cigarboxy bouquet. A very elegant style, fine and gorgeously fruited, a very classy wine indeed. Generous fine-grained tannins. Lovely. An extravagant wine. Almost too much of that opulent fruit!" 95 points, Real Review, August 2016
"Excellent crimson; features a blend of 'old vine' Cabernet from Great Southern (93%) and Margaret River (7%); a distinguished wine with very clearly articulated varietal fruit at the 'sweet spot' of maturity. Will age superbly." 96 points, Wine Companion, November 2009
"This release is a subdued, elegant, structured wine built to be cellared. It tastes of blackcurrant, violets, chocolate and mint and the more you taste it the more it seems defined by the braid of its tannin. It extends right through the wine, and right out through the finish. Impeccable balance. All the components in place." 93+ points, Wine Front, November 2009