Another excellent riesling from these guys who have been nailing this variety for some years now. Bath salts and zesty lemon with a spicy minerality are features of a crisp and precise example of this favourite variety. Has a gorgeous mouth feel carrying through to a long finish.
This is simple pure fruit driven joy. Herbaceous notes on the nose with plenty of crisp fine fruit on the palate. A splash of lemon spruces it up, giving it a lively zippy finish. Ideal current drinking. Score:
Tempranillo is such a good variety for rose. It brings such beautiful strawberry and lifted floral notes to the nose. On the palate it delivers plenty of light red berry fruit flavours with keen spicy cherry subtlety. This finishes clean and dry.
This excellent tempranillo is sourced from the Perth Hills and Frankland. These guys have made some very good wines with this variety. Fruity with savory and slightly spicy edges. Tannins have a deal of grippy assertiveness so food is mandatory. Score: 90/100 Cellar: 4 years West Cape Howe Book Ends cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($28) Consistently one of my favourite modestly priced cabernets each year. This is another cracker which captures the character and style of Mount Barker cabernet perfectly. Lots of plum and black currant frit intensity with a little cedary savoury oak influence. Structured with firmish tannins and balanced oak.
Best Value Producer of the Year
West Cape Howe tempranillo 2014 ($22)
The 2013 was a trophy winner in Perth and this one is right up there with it. In fact it’s probably better. Sourced from the Perth Hills and Frankland River with
a welter of cherry and raspberry on the nose sprinkled with a decent amount of spices. A delicious sweet fruit palate with that dry savoury balance so good.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 5 years
West Cape Howe Cape to Cape cabernet merlot 2014 ($17)
Best Value Wine
I reckon this little beauty is right back into form. Rich and densely fruit-packed cabernet merlot with a steely ironstone thread punctuating the plush ripe fruit. When
you can get a wine of this quality for less than $20 then all is right in the world.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 4 years
West Cape Howe rosé tempranillo 2015 ($17)
Best of the West 2016 – rosé
Tempranillo is such a terrific variety for rosé and this one really nails the style. Light bodied with a lovely raspberry and cherry aroma that floats effortlessly through into
the palate. Fine delicate acid and a sweet confectionerylike fruit flavour that finishes clean and dry. Chilled summer drinking.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 3 years
West Cape Howe Styx Gully chardonnay 2014 ($30)
A remarkably vibrant chardonnay from Mount Barker. Lively primary peachy citrus aromas with a palate that is crunchy and loaded with lightly roasted nuts. Brilliant
zippy finish with a deep stone fruit textural feel in the mouth. It’s lighter bodied but highly textural.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
West Cape Howe Book Ends cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($28)
Another beautiful example of Mount Barker cabernet. This was a very good year and it really does come through in this exceptional red wine. Perfumed scented
cherry and leafy blackcurrant aromas. The palate is finely crafted with chalky grainy tannins neatly infused through the medium-weight fruit.
Classically elegant and smoothly refined, this is a class act.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 7 years
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