89pts – The Wine Front
The 2002 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense blood red with a dark centre.
The nose displays predominantly the characters of Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon; dusty earthy tones with dark blackcurrant fruits. There is high class cedary oak evident providing a savoury component to the bouquet.
The palate displays the benefit of the addition of the Margaret River Cabernet with rich sweet fruit displaying chocolaty & ripe berries complementing the leaner more austere Great Southern Cabernet.
The outstanding feature of the wine is the structural complexity achieved only in a few wines with mature ripe tannin & backed up by quality French oak.