West Cape Howe “Hannah’s Hill” Cabernet Malbec 2016

West Cape Howe picked up Best the Star Cellar Door award for the second year in a row from Gourmet Traveller Wine. They’re located in the far reaches of the south west of WA. The blend is 84% Mount Barker Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Frankland River Malbec.

West Cape Howe, “Hannah’s Hill,” Cabernet, Malbec, Great Southern, 2016

 

Opens with plenty of blackberry and blackcurrant, some warm pencil shavings and brambly cassis. There’s a definite streak of sweet oak, but supports the overall package. The palate is full and a little less confected than the previous release. Smoky oak supports the black fruited heart of a smooth, gilded edged wine before a herby, mocha finish. The tannins are sandy, fine and plentiful. An easy to drink, well centered blend. Good value.

RRP: $22
Alc: 14%
Rating: 17/20

Wine sample courtesy of West Cape Howe

 

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