Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Named for Walter Abercrombie, the much loved Great Grandfather and mentor of Jeff Burch, the owner of Howard Park Wines, this is Howard Park's finest 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.

Tasting Notes

The current vintage shows in dark ruby red with purple hues and a translucent edge, all of which imply youth, intensityand 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. 
Production Info
Vineyard name
Abercrombie Vineyard
Vineyard size
38 acres
Soil composition
Gravel and Clay-Loam
Training method
VSP Cane-pruned
Elevation
280 - 314 feet
Vines/acre
632
Yield/acre
1.2 - 2.0 tons
Exposure
Northeastern
Year vineyard planted
1975
Harvest time
March
First vintage of this wine
1991
Bottles produced of this wine
9,198
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
40% New, 60% Used
Length of alcoholic fermentation
7 - 10 days
Fermentation temperature
68 - 82 °F
Maceration technique
Punchdown and Pumpovers
Maceration length
7 - 21
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
225L and 300L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
18 months
Certifying Organizations
Winemakers Federation of Australia's Entwine initiative

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