2014 West Cape Howe Cabernet Sauvignon Book Ends

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Australia
  • Western Australia
  • South West Australia
  • Mount Barker
Drink between 2018 - 2028 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • GD77 Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 24, 2019 - Nice wine with years ahead still.

  • Moloko Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 23, 2018 - Wow, hasn't this changed. Come together now, blackberry dark fruit with quality French oak and quite strong dusty tannins with a bit of an acidic finish. Powerful, elegant and long. Will cellar well if the acid holds in check as the fruit fades.

  • chatters wrote:

    May 9, 2018 - Gourmet Traveller Wine Western Australian Cabernets (Dank Street, Waterloo, Sydney): Cream, slight vanilla, dusty spices, graphite, black currant, slightly earthy with some alcohol heat. Juicy, slightly sharp in fact with hard, and a touch unripe, tannins leaving a sense of dry bitter extract on the finish.

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  • Moloko Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 16, 2017 - Quality stuff, rich smooth blackcurranty flavours. Tannin fine integrated to the point of non recognition, well balanced acid finish, just right. It is a drink now proposition, might improve with age and will test over the next decade.

  • forceberry wrote: 92 points

    December 9, 2016 - Macerated for 2 weeks on the skins. Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels (40% new). 14,5% alcohol 6,9 g/l acidity. Annual production 200,000 bottles.

    Deep, quite concentrated and almost fully opaque blackish-red appearance. The nose is heavily fruit-driven yet quite dry with savory aromas of brooding dark fruit tones, ripe blackcurrant, some smoky chipotle tones, a little bit of peppery spice and a hint of cooked bell pepper. To be honest, the nose here reminds me more of Chinon than Australian Cab. The wine is moderately full-bodied, ripe and quite mellow on the palate with flavors of ripe dark fruits, licorice, some roasted bell pepper tones, a little bit of savory and slightly bitter woody spice, light spicy notes of pungent of Moroccan spices, a hint of fresh blackcurrant and a touch of sour cherry bitterness. Despite its size and quite concentrated nature, the structure relies more on the noticeably high acidity than on the smooth and quite mellow tannins that lend more to the texture than to the structure. The finish is spicy and somewhat grippier than the midpalate with moderate tannic action, quite firm and textural mouthfeel and savory flavors of fresh blackcurrants, some astringent chokeberries, a little bit of dry and slightly toasty oak spice, a hint of roasted and slightly sweet bell pepper and a touch of ripe plummy fruit.

    A very harmonious, tasty and well-made Cabernet Sauvignon with surprisingly Chinon-like nature. The wine is quite big and ripe, as one would expect from an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is still surprisingly cool-climate in style, all evident in its crunchy, savory fruit, high acidity and slightly herbaceous bell pepper edge. The style isn't particularly fruit-driven, yet the emphasis is definitely more on the fruit than on the structure here. Overall pretty great stuff that feels still very young now. Most likely will benefit from further aging. Recommended.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2014
  • Type Red
  • Producer West Cape Howe
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Book Ends
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region Western Australia
  • SubRegion South West Australia
  • Appellation Mount Barker

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  • In Cellars 182 (67%)
  • Consumed 88 (33%)

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