Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 was the pinnacle of a run of five great vintages in the west, and with an almost equal share of Great Southern in the blend, this wine shows that the blessings flowed beyond Margaret River. It’s everything that you’d expect of the finest vintages of Abercrombie, yet, simultaneously, more vibrant lift, deeper black fruits, lower alcohol (13.5%), more precise poise, more textural tannins, greater energy and more epic persistence. It will unravel for decades. $75 at WineStar.