Howard Park wines were showcased against Old World varieties in a vinous challenge at the Howard Park Margaret River winery on Saturday, 24 November 2012. The evening commenced with Vintage Krug on the terrace as guests watched the Margaret River sun set.
Aged wines from Alsace, Burgundy, Rhone and First Growth Bordeaux were complemented by a degustation dinner prepared by well-known and respected chef, Chris Taylor of Frasers. The line-up of wines are rarely seen on wine lists in Western Australia. Jeff Burch, Howard Park owner and vigneron and Ch'ng Poh Tiong, international Master of Wine compared and discussed the wines for each course. The evening was completed with a luscious 1989 Chateau d'Yquem.
The evening was a feast of sense and abundance in flavours which keenly excited the palate.
2000 Krug, Champagne, France
Freshly shucked oysters
2001 Prager Riesling 'Klaus' Weissenkirchen Smaragd, Wachau, Austria
2001 Howard Park Riesling, Great Southern, Australia
New season lobster with soybean
2006 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Morgeot’, Burgundy, France
2006 Howard Park Chardonnay, Great Southern, Australia
Panfried mushroom gnocchi; Manjimup truffle butter
2000 E. Guigal Château D’Ampuis Côte Rôtie, Rhone, France
2000 Howard Park Scotsdale Shiraz, Great Southern, Australia
Lamb shoulder and chickpea
2005 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
2005 Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Great Southern and Margaret River, Australia
Wagyu shortrib; roast bone marrow
1989 Château D’Yquem, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Saffron and honey brûlée