100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Margaret River
Up to 5 years
The 2014 Howard Park 'Miamup' Cabernet Sauvignon is a single region wine from Margaret River.
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.
“Solid cabernet out of Margaret River.
It scratches the cabernet itch. Indeed it’s slightly better than that. The fruit has power, it feels good in the mouth, there’s an overall sense of balance. Blackcurrant, bay leaves, cocoa powder, and both briar and resin characters. It drives through the palate and finishes well enough. There’s a slight mid-palate dip but as they say in the varietal classics, you get that. And anyway, I’d imagine it will develop tidily mid-term.”
Campbell Mattinson | The Wine Front - November 2016
“Take arguably Australia's best region for cabernet sauvignon, throw in one of the best winemakers in the west in Janice McDonald, and add the mighty resources of the Howard Park label and you have one of the best sub-$30 cabernets in the land. Made from fruit grown in the warmer northern reaches of Margaret River, this has traditional cabernet characteristics of dark berry and intense currant flavours, some mild herbal hints and has impressive chewy tannin structure after 18 months maturing in quality French oak. All in all, rather scrumptious and one for lovers of classic styles. I'd pair this with a lamb en croute, or maybe some mature English cheddar. A winner at AUD$28.”
Winsor Dobin | Winsor's Choice Blog Post - November 2016
Deep red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is savoury and tobacco-like, with dry straw and hay overtones. The palate is rich and dense, full-bodied and smoothly modulated. It's full-bodied, with abundant flavour and balanced tannin structure for drinking young or mid-term ageing. A good each-way bet.
91 Points | 4 stars
Huon Hooke | huonhooke.com
The 2014 Season
The 2014 vintage from Margaret River was yet another great vintage and extends the succession of highly rated vintages to eight - 2007 to 2014 - amazing! The typical weather pattern of sufficient yet below average winter rain; a blustery and impulsive spring and a warm, dry summer, set the stage for a promising outcome. Whilst noticeable, the native marri blossom was not enough to sate the resident bird populations and netting of vineyards is now embedded in the annual grape growing cycle. Margaret River began the growing season with a rain filled soil profile and full catchments. Spring was cool with damaging north westerly’s wreaking havoc on flowering and set in Chardonnay and Shiraz, thereby reduced yields. Beyond the blustery start, the vintage was uniformly warm with a week of annoyingly intermittent rains in early April to keep us on our toes. Thanks to the favourable summer, the wines produced from the 2014 vintage are full of beautiful varietal fruit, bright acidity and supple tannins. The stars of the vintage will be Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are sourced from several select vineyard sites located in the Wilyabrup sub region and north to Wildwood Rd in an endeavour to capture ripe fruit flavours, supple tannins and the distinctive perfume of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.
The individual vineyard blocks that contribute to Miamup Cabernet are vinified separately. After fermentation on skins, the malolactic is conducted in tank prior to barrel maturation. Maturation occurs in our favourite French oak for 18 months. This length of time in oak allows for the thorough integration of oak and fruit tannins. Bottling occurs in September of the wine’s second year and released when ready.
Alcohol: 14.5% v/v
Acidity: 5.7 g/lt
Residual Sugar: 0.7g/lt
A brooding deep garnet in colour with youthful and classic cabernet aromas of mint, violets, savoury dry herbs and briary hedgerow fruits, all spiced with a touch of mocha and toasted oak. The palate is a bag of bramble fruits – red currants, mulberries, plums, blackberries and blueberries, all supple and rich. This ambling fruit power is bridled by an ample swathe of fine fruit tannins, well assisted by the finest grained French oak.
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Such a pleasure to drink now but with ample ripe tannin structure to allow for aging up to 5 years.
Saltbush spit roasted lamb, with wild rosemary gravy.
||Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016
||Double Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards
||Bronze Medal - Royal Hobart Wine Show
||Silver Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
||Bronze Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
||Bronze Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show
||Bronze Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show