HOWARD PARK Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
ABOUT THE VINEYARD
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from several select vineyard sites located in the Wilyabrup sub region and north to Wildwood Road in an endeavour to capture ripe fruit flavours, supple tannins and the distinctive perfume of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.
Margaret River is arguably Australia’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon grape growing region and Cabernet Sauvignon its greatest natural asset. Great Cabernet should be both perfumed and poised, and meticulous site selection is critical to capturing these key attributes.
The 2018 Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon balances power and elegance in an ideal harmony, with a remarkable intensity of perfume ranging from cocoa dusted blackberries, violets and hedgerow herbs, cassis and coffee, and sweet earth. The palate reveals ample and succulent fruit tannins that promote an array of rich and persistent forest fruit and dark plum flavours, overlaid with regional bay leaf and black olive characters, while French oak delivers accents of savoury spice and mocha. An immensely satisfying and moreish young Cabernet with the depth to reveal further complexity with 5 or more years in the cellar. Another concrete example of the outstanding 2018 vintage in Margaret River.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
By comparison with 2017, the growing and ripening season of 2018 saw a return to weather conditions more typical of the past decade in the grape growing regions of Western Australia.
The Great Southern vintage commenced on 9th March with Chardonnay for sparkling base and concluded with Cabernet Sauvignon on 23rd April.
In the cool, continental climate of the Great Southern the winter of 2017 was sufficiently cold and wet. The spring, less blustery and drier than preceding years, gave way to a warm and consistent summer period. As summer passed and autumn began, the weather remained mild yet dry.
The humid on-shore streams that bring drizzle and cloud cover in the early autumn did not eventuate and the entire harvest was conducted in near perfect conditions.
With moderate yields across all varieties, full ripeness occurred with little delay to flavour development.
An early quality assessment of the 2018 vintage suggests a very good to great outcome.
The whites are exhibiting very pure and focused varietal notes while the reds show ripe berry flavours and supple tannins.
Country of Origin: Australia
Dimension: H30.5 cm x W7.6 cm
Region: Margaret River