2013 Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L Magnum

  • 2013 Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L Magnum

    2013 Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L Magnum 13-ABE-CSXX-DOM3M

    Wine overview

    • Variety 
      100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Region 
      19% Margaret River  & 81% Mount Barker
    • Cellaring
      More than a decade.

    The Abercrombie is Howard Park Wines finest Cabernet Sauvignon. In most years the wine is a blend of grapes sourced from the Abercrombie vineyard in Mount Barker and the Leston vineyard in Margaret River. Our long term commitment to and passion for grape growing in the two major premium grape growing regions of Western Australia is reflected in this wine.

    Named after Jeff Burch’s Great-Grandfather Walter Abercrombie, this Howard Park flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is noted for its outstanding structural complexity and exceptional elegance. It combines the austere dusty earth and blackcurrant aromas from Mount Barker, with the classic rich fruit and chocolaty palette of Margaret River. Together they produce an elegantly balanced cabernet sauvignon with mature ripe tannins backed up by quality French oak. Careful long term cellaring will realize this wine’s full potential.

    In Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine, the Abercrombie has an ‘Excellent’ rating, spanning back since Classification III in 2000.


    83% Mount Barker, 17% Margaret River, wild-fermented, extended maceration, matured for 20 months in French barriques (60% new). Has class stamped all over it in big letters from start to finish. The bouquet is full of fragrant cassis fruit and high quality cedary oak, the medium-bodied, but intense, palate with perfectly balanced fruit, tannins and oak. That balance makes it easy to enjoy now, even though its ultimate destiny is way down the track.

    97 points

    James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2017

    Most of this wine (83%) comes from old vines growing at Mount Barker in WA; the remainder comes from the Leston vineyard in Margaret River. It sees 60% new French oak for 20 months.

    It has a certain kind of aristocracy, fitting of a cabernet, though it still manages to hold your hand and lead you through. It’s full of bay leaf and blackcurrant, all strident and stringy and firm, though milk chocolate and lead pencil characters have a softening influence. It’s like having your cake and eating it. It’s built for the cellar but, particularly after a decent decant, it comes together and drinks well now; that said, I prefer my reds young but even I would be putting this in a cool, dark place for a few years. It needs it. It will benefit. It will be a beauty at maturity.
    95+ Points

    Campbell Mattison, Winefront Review 2016

    Technical Notes

    Great Southern
    The Great Southern began the growing season with just adequate soil moisture and catchment fill. Cool and blustery spring weather in November impacted flowering, set and early spring growth. Summer was punctuated by hot spells, which magnified the effects of little spring or summer rain. The south facing vineyard sites did receive some cooling breezes off the southern ocean and the more continental sub region of Frankland at least experienced cooler nights. These hot, dry conditions accelerated ripeness with sugar accumulation well in advance of flavour in late March. A sporadic deluge of between 25 to 60 mm in early April, as autumn temperatures cooled, did slow the red maturities. The below average yields have produced wines full of concentrated fruit, ample acidity and fine tannins.

    Margaret River
    Margaret River began the growing season with a rain filled soil profile and full catchments. Late spring was mild and windy with a 4 day period of damaging north westerlies during flowering. This common spring weather pattern did affect set and subsequent yields in all varieties. Other than this blustery start, the vintage was uniformly warm to hot and without significant summer rains. With yields below average, the wines produced from the 2013 vintage are full of ripe varietal fruit, bright acidity and supple tannins. This vintage is excellent for Cabernet Sauvignon.


    All grapes selected for Abercrombie are handpicked, destemmed and sorted before fermentation in a mix of small static fermenters and open stainless steel vats. The grapes are hand-plunged and pumped over as required to balance the extraction of colour, tannin and flavour. Each fermenter is basket-pressed to French oak barriques for 18 months of maturation to achieve thorough integration of oak and grape tannins. The wine is minimally fined then filtered prior to bottling.

    Alcohol: 14 % v/v

    pH: 3.57


    Tasting Notes

    A dark ruby red with purple hues and a translucent edge, all of which imply youth, intensity and promise. The bouquet is dense in dark berry fruits with hints of sweet, talcy and spicey French oak. Rich in classic Cabernet notes of sweet blackberry and blackcurrant, savoury dried herbs and softening cocoa and mocha, the palate’s opulence is shaped by a supple and fine tannin structure. This wine has a powerful presence, a sweet core and lasting flavours that with reveal and reward with time.

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    After a minimum of 6 months settling in bottle, the wine is released. The 2013 is an outstanding vintage of Abercrombie that will take time to reach maturity then cellar well for more than a decade. This wine will drink at its best from 2018.



    Vintage Award
    2012 Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards
    2009 Grand Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
    2009 Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
    2008 Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
    2005 Silver Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show
    2004 Gold Medal - Sydney International Wine Challenge
    2004 Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge
    2004 Silver Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
    2004 Silver Medal - San Francisco International Wine Show
    2003 Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
    2002 Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
    2002 Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
    2001 Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge
    2001 Silver - International Wine & Spirits Competition


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    97 Points - Haliday Wine Companion 2017


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    $275.00 per magnum (inc GST)
    RRP: $263.00