Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon

The Cabernet Sauvignon is Howard Park's flagship wine. The 2001 Howard Park Cabernet is from a very good vintage. It has strong red- and blackcurrant flavours and a good backbone. The wine is still lively and fresh. It has a perfect fruit/tannin/acidity balance and good length. But somehow, I would not call this wine world class.

What is missing? There is maybe not enough complexity or savoury characteristics in it: not enough brooding. The answer: this is a classic case where the Cabernet Sauvignon grape would have benefited from some help by the other Bordeaux grapes, Merlot in particular.

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