Burch Family Wines Blog

Wrap up of media reviews and accolades - January 2015

Wine Reviews

January 2015



2011 Howard Park Abercrombie

“Visit Howard Park’s superb cellar and experience the premium tasting facility called the Wine Chapel. Howard Park’s top of the range cabernet sauvignon is the Abercrombie which is definitely a fine wine for connoisseurs. The 2011 has been likened to a superb Bordeaux with premium fruit being sourced from both Margaret River and Mount Barker. Like all premium Cabernet Sauvignons cellaring is important in order for the variety’s early ‘greenness’ to mellow and for the flavours to become fully integrated.”
David Bowden, Golf Digest Malaysia


2011 Howard Park Allingham

"Combines white peach, lemon, oyster shell and smoky oak on the nose, It's intense with good length and acid balance. Bennie also found many features of the wine, but with different descriptors. "Honey and lemon tea. It has a cool flow of honeyed fruit character, shows some peanut buttery notes and a creaminess to the texture, but finishes fresh with a spicy, lemon-granita flash of acidity and some sea-spray notes. Maturity is shaping the wine pretty well. Simple, but pleasing." I couldn't agree with 'simple' bit it's certainly pleasing."
Nick Bullied, Gourmet Traveller WINE

2014 Howard Park Porongurup Riesling

“Smells like the Great Southern, but a touch more restrained. There are hints of lanolin, lantana and floral aromas. On the palate the citrus fruit bursts from the wine, leading on to minerals and slate-like characters. The finish is remarkable for the way the acid seamlessly integrates into the fruit, yet leaves a drying texture in the mouth. Very fine and long, this will be a star.”
18.5 points – Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club

2013 Howard Park Porongurup Riesling

“As usual, there’s an energy and drive to this wine – distinctively Porongurup. Very pure with lemon-lime juice freshness, plus Granny Smith apples, savoury with sparkling acidity driving this to a long finish.”
95 points – James Halliday, James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine Feb/Mar edition

2013 Howard Park Chardonnay

“Laced with aromas of honeysuckle, citrus blossom and peach skin, the palate is rich with summer and citrus fruits, yet restrained by a chalky/mineral thread that provides texture and drive. A bright, lemon acidity gives length and finish.”
James Halliday, James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine Feb/Mar edition

2010 Howard Park Museum Release Riesling

“The benefit of holding riesling back for a few years shows its worth in this wine. Hopefully the price of $41 also shows its worth to both producer as it’s an investment. As a wine it’s starting to reach the point of beauty that only Riesling can. I suspect it will continue to develop for several years yet but it’s also drinking very well now. I took it to the table and had it with prawns, Morton bay bugs and Yellow fin tuna, wonderful. 94 points with more to come and it is value. It’s also a lesson to keep riesling for a few years and not having to pay a premium for the producer to keep it for you.”
94 points, Tony Keys, The Key Report

2010 Howard Park Grand Jete

“This is good wine and the age added the extra depth that transforms sparkling wine into something magical. Although I have to admit I really enjoyed the NV as well. 94 points, $40 is about right for the style.”
94 points, Tony Keys, The Key Report



2014 MadFish Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

“Largely unoaked, but a small portion spends time in oak to give the texture a fillip. This release is bright and easy to enjoy, with good intensity of gooseberry and lime flavours. Gravelly notes add an edge. Excellent buying option.”               
91 points – James Halliday, James Halliday’s Top Value Wines - $20 & Under



2013 MadFish Shiraz Rose

“Great value here in this sunny, cherry, berry, red apple, dusty pink rose that is strong in flavour while also highlighting some unusual spice and smoked meat savouriness. Merges well into a dense, dry wine. Calls for Mediterranean pizza with plenty of chorizo.”
Jeni Port, The Age – Top 10 Rose Wines Without Bubbles.



2011 MadFish Pinot Noir

“The Burch family’s budget-priced flagship is benefiting from chief winemaker Janice McDonald’s knowledge and experience. This Western Australian pinot is light and bright yet with intense, strawberry, redcurrant flavours and silky smooth texture.”
Money Magazine – 10 best-value REDS


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