2014 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2014 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon

    2014 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon 14-LES-CSXX-DOM6

    Wine overview

    • Variety
      Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Region
      Leston Vineyard, Margaret River
    • Cellaring
      10 - 15 years

    A perfumed and poised wine delivering classic Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon flavour and presence.

    Reviews

    “Howard Park’s Leston and Scotsdale releases rarely let you down.
    This is a hit. It’s a flood of blackcurrant and bay leaf-like flavour, pure and expressive but with a bit of gravitas too, before smoky/cedary oak notes polish things off nicely. Tannin is firm but hand-in-glove with the fruit. Margaret River cabernet sauvignon, in excellent shape.”

    93 Points

    Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

     

    Technical Notes

    The 2014 Season

    Margaret River began the growing season with a rain filled soil profile and full catchments. Late spring was cool and windy with damaging north westerlies wreaking havoc on early varieties. The effect on flowering and set in Chardonnay and Shiraz reduced yields notably.Beyond this blustery start, the vintage was uniformly warm to hot with a week of annoyingly intermittent rains in early April to keep us on our toes. Yields were average and thanks to the favourable summer, the wines produced from the 2014 vintage are full of bold and ripe varietal fruit flavours, bright acidity and supple tannins.

    Vineyard

    The wine was blended from a selection of the best batches of Cabernet Sauvignon grown on our Leston vineyard, located in the Wilyabrup sub region of Margaret River.

    Technical Notes

    Vinification occurred in closed stainless steel fermenters with diligent cap management to extract fine fruit tannin and strong varietal flavour. Selected parcels remained on skins post the fermentation to further enhance the tannin profile while others were pressed at dryness to capture fruit vibrancy. After pressing, each batch is matured separately in order to build a wine history over time. Barrel maturation for 18 months in 40% new and 60% older, French oak barriques ensures the thorough integration of oak and grape tannins. The wine had egg white fining & light filtration before bottling.

    Analysis

    Alcohol: 14.5%v/v
    pH: 3.56
    Acidity: 6 g.lt
    Residual Sugar: 0.7g/lt

    Tasting Notes

    In the temperate climate of the Margaret River region cabernet sauvignon is at home. As the maritime influences temper the extremes of seasons, cabernet thrives. The deep grave loams provide ample sustenance to the low to moderate yielding vines. From a season of warm conditions throughout, this wine has a strong presence. Aromas of dense berry and plum fruits are seasoned with cedar, sweet mint, cinnamon and vanilla. The fruit weight is opulent and the tannins while presently overt are ripe and give shape and length to the palate.

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    Cellaring

    Cellar for 10-15 years

    Awards

    Vintage Award
    2014 Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016
    2011 Bronze Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show
    2011 Bronze Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
    2011 Bronze Medal - Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
    2011 Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
    2011 Silver Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2010 Silver Medal - Decanter Asia Wine Awards
    2010 Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
    2009 Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
    2009 Silver Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2009 Bronze Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show
    2008 Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
    2007 Gold Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2006 Bronze Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show
    2003 Gold Medal - Sydney International Wine Challenge

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    Reviews

    93 Points - Campbell Mattinson

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    Awards

    Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016

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    $46.00 per bottle (inc GST)
    RRP: $46.00