Howard Park Jete Methode Champenois Grand Vintage blanc de blancs 2010 ($40) 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.
Burch Family Wines is Western Australia’s largest family-owned and operated winery with an international reputation for crafting balanced and elegant wines of distinct regional character. Burch Family Wines houses such brands as Howard Park, MadFish and Marchand & Burch.
Established in 1986, Howard Park was one of the original wine pioneers in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. Howard Park’s philosophy is to craft outstanding boutique Australian wines of great subtlety, character, balance and elegance with an uncompromising commitment to quality.
Howard Park is also WA’s only member of Australia’s First Families of Wine, an exciting initiative created by twelve family owned Australian wineries to showcase a representative and diverse range of Australian wine with a focus on regional heroes and iconic wines.
Howard Park is celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2016.
The MadFish range of wines are pure, fresh and clean, like the WA coast. Established in 1992, MadFish is inspired by MadFish Bay, a beautiful beach near Denmark, in the Great Southern. The easy-drinking wines are best enjoyed with family and friends. These contemporary styles are made from cool climate fruit and are noted for their pure, fresh and clean characteristics in which the flavour of the fruit is the primary character.
Marchand & Burch is a joint venture between Burgundian winemaker and biodynamic ambassador Pascal Marchand ex-régisseur from Domaine Comte Armand and Domaine De La Vougeraie and Jeff Burch, vigneron and owner of Howard Park and MadFish Wines. Marchand & Burch was formed with the vision of sourcing fruit from specifically identified vineyard blocks in the south west of Western Australia. They aim to work the natural environment to craft wines that best expresses the soil from which the grapes have come. Marchand & Burch produce both an Australian Collection and a French Collection.
Burch Family Wines has two established wineries in Western Australia. Our Margaret River winery is in the South West, while our Denmark winery is in the Great Southern.
The aim of Australia’s First Families of Wine is to showcase a representative and diverse range of the best of Australian wine with a focus on regional and iconic drops. The collective is working to engage and educate consmers, retailers, restaurants and the wine industry across the globe about the real character and personality of Australian wine, and about the unique characters and personalities behind it.
The inaugral 12 member alliance includes Brown Brothers, Campbells, Taylors, DeBortoli, McWilliam’s, Tahbilk, Tyrell’s, Yalumba, D’Arenberg, Jim Barry, Howard Park, and Henschke. Howard Park Wines is the only representative from Western Australia to be included in the AFFW.
The main criteria is that the family-owned companies need to have a “landmark wine” in their portfolios as listed under Langton’s Classification and/or 75% agreement by group that a wine is considered “iconic”. Others are they must have the ability to do at least a 20-year vertical tasting, have a history going back a minimum of two generations, ownership of vineyards more than 50 years old and/or ownership of distinguished sites which exemplify the best of terroir, commitment to export and environmental best practice, appropriate cellar door experience, and be paid-up members of the Winemakers Federation of Australia.
Named after Jeff’s father and mentor, Leston Burch the ‘Leston Vineyard’ is the vine-producing property and home of Howard Park Wines in Margaret River.
When purchased by Jeff and Amy in 1988, the undulating partly cleared land was an attractive but run-down sheep farm with a run-down cottage which was originally part of the West Australian Government Group Settlement Lots issued to pioneering families to develop agriculture in the Margaret River region in the 1920’s.
With an outlook to maintain the aesthetics of the surrounding environment and to create a vineyard that exists harmoniously in the natural Australian environment, development began in 1995 with the first planting of vines occurring in 1996.
The Leston Vineyard is managed by Jeff’s brother David P Burch. David’s exceptional design ability and attention to detail is immediately evident when visiting the model wine estate. The Leston vineyard showcases both vine and natural Australian bush land with the pristine waters of the Wilyabrup River gently meandering through the vineyard and native wetlands. The vineyard management philosophy acknowledges the benefits of achieving harmony between all associated lifecycles within and around the wine grape production process. The aim is to keep the human impact on the environment to a minimum and to target activity to specific areas only if and when it is required.
The soils and terrain at the Leston vineyard are the most suitable for producing premium quality wine in the Margaret River region. Extensive soil profile mapping in the vineyard has allowed Howard Park to match soil type to specific grape varieties to maximise varietal expression in the wines.
Individual vineyard blocks on Howard Park Leston Vineyard have been selected to produce Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for our Howard Park single vineyard Leston Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each vintage has received rave reviews from wine writers across Australia and the world reinforcing our belief in this vineyard to produce grapes of exceptional quality.