Such a pure and almost pristine example of this classic blend. Really punches out some intense tropical characters on the nose and the palate with a decent squeeze of lemon to add some zest and life. t’s a very good example of the style with loads of crunchy fruit flavours. Like the new label design which is part of an overhaul of the packaging.
Excellent example of Mount Barker Riesling. Lightly talky and bath salts like with some distinctive regional spice to lift the complexity. Fine and quite delicate yet with a persistent and very long palate. Like the acid profile which is non-intrusive but still important. Watch this become something special with ageing.
A blend of Great Southern and Margaret River fruit. The result is a telling combination of elegance and power. Grapefruit and light melon with a lightly toasty mealy character. Deeply intense and very long palate with a fine mineral line giving focus and direction. Excellent mouth feel.
Becoming one of my favourite WA shiraz. Love the spicy peppery characters and those exotic cherry and savoury earthy plum influences. It’s medium weight with a beautiful elegance and refinement. But it’s got plenty of fruit intensity and drive. An impressive wine that will evolve in the medium term.
Another spectacular wine under this prestige label. It’s a blend of 83 percent Mount Barker and 17 per cent Margaret River cabernet. Loads of dark chocolate with a leafy black olive infusion. Ripe fine tannins and a dusty oak wrap adding to the textural feel in the mouth. Very long and so beautifully balanced. A highly structured wine that will ensure a very long cellaring future as you would expect for a wine of this class.
Howard Park Jete Methode Champenois Grand Vintage blanc de blancs 2010 ($40)
Best of the West 2016 – sparkling
The investment in sparkling wine technology and vineyards is starting to pay off for Howard Park. This is a cracking good wine. Showing some serious autolysis yeast conversion characters especially on the deep and complete mid palate. Creamy with lots of citrus rind, brioche and roasted cashew. Complex and powerful with tremendous length.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 6 years
Howard Park Mount Barker Riesling 2014 ($33)
A Riesling that displays all the character and fine lines you expect but with a deceptive depth and intensity on the palate. There’s the typical Great Southern spiciness with a little more talcy citrus and fine delicate acid. Persistent long finish with excellent cellaring potential.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
Howard Park Allingham chardonnay 2013 ($89)
A stunning new release from Howard Park that pays homage to Burch grandmother Muriel Allingham. It’s from a mix of vineyards, largely from Margaret River and the remainder from the Great Southern. There’s power and a linear finesse that carries the palate to a very long finish. A mix of cereal and honeycomb with a little pear and vanillin influence and a splash of citrusy grapefruit. Glorious wine that joins illustrious company of great WA chardonnays.
SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 6 years
Howard Park Leston shiraz 2013 ($46)
A distinctive leathery savoury mix on the nose with a liberal amount of liqueur dark chocolate. This is from the Margaret River property and shows some of those savoury influences of this region. Ripe supple tannins and plenty of complementing oak work their stuff with the plush fruit.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 7 years
Howard Park Abercrombie cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($113)
This is a wonderful expression of cabernet having been sourced from vineyards in Margaret River and the Great Southern. Whether it’s a style shift or a vintage thing, the restraint and seamless effortlessness that stamp this is a little different from previous vintages. Such elegance and poise, yet still with all that underlying power and fruit intensity. Just love the balance and beautiful, almost pretty, palate.
SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 20 years
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