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Wrap Up of Media Reviews and Accolades - March 2015

Wine Reviews

March 2015


2010 Howard Park Grand Jeté
“This has a smoky, bready, almost burnt-toast bouquet, while the palate has depth and dimension, layered flavours of considerable complexity, and high acidity.“
93 points - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine

NV Howard Park Jeté Brut
“The aromas are floral, spicy and driven by grapefruity chardonnay. It’s also complex with a suggestion of the barrel and a rich, lush palate flavour, which is finely balanced and pretty. The finish carries long.”
91 points – Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine

NV Howard Park Jeté Rosé
“Light, youthful pink colour, the bouquet frames spice, dried-herb and briary aromas with a touch of red fruits. The palate is dull, dry and savoury. The finish is harmonious and long. A very attractive rosé in a dry style.
90 points – Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine

2013 Howard Park ‘Allingham’ Chardonnay
“This stunning new release from Howard Park is from a mix of vineyards, largely from Margaret River and the remainder from the Great Southern. There’s power, and a liner 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 the ranks of great WA chardonnays.”
97 points – Ray Jordan, The West Australian

2012 Howard Park ‘Abercrombie’ Cabernet Sauvignon
“This is a wonderful expression of WA 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 effortlessness stamp this as 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 palate.”
97 points – Ray Jordan, The West Australian

2013 Howard Park Chardonnay
“Dry, lightly toasty citrus - very inviting - and a slightly sweet toasty flavour on the mid palate. Deliciously creamy and citrusy and that light toastiness coming back on the finish.”
17 points – Julia Harding, JancisRobinson.com

2012 Howard Park Flint Rock Shiraz
“Smoky, alluring bouquet with substantial complexity. Layered flavours with a cleansing freshness and appetising finish.”
91 points – Ralph Kyte Powell, The Age Wine Guide

2013 Howard Park Flint Rock Chardonnay
“I have professed my love for Aussie Chard in the past. The problem to date is that there hasn’t been a ton to choose from. This is changing. I was able to wallow in plenty of examples in the tasting room, many of which will be making their way to BC soon. For immediate gratification, I’ll be revisiting the Howard Park. Citrus blossom and honeydew melon on a mineral-y, steely backbone that begs comparison to Chablis. Oysters are highly appropriate.”
Michaela Morris, Westender

2013 Howard Park Riesling
“Pure lime fruit. Super dry and super tangy (pH 2.97, TA 8.55 g/l, RS 1.3 g/l). There's intensity and length in a clearly Australian lime-streaked style.”
16.5 points – Julia Harding, JancisRobinson.com

2014 Howard Park Porongurup Riesling
“Two of the oldest vineyards in the Porongurup sub-region prove why this place is the unsung hero of Australian Riesling. It’s delicately precise, pure and high-strung. Impressive concentration rides a line of tense, cool acidity.”
95 points – Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Monthly

2014 Howard Park Mount Barker Riesling
“Howard Park’s first standalone Mount Barker Riesling is a gently exotic and spicy release providing a contrast to the cooler, incisive acidity of Mount Barker, at once approachable and generous, and simultaneously firm and high-strung.”
91 points – Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Monthly

“Many years ago Howard Park had a riesling labelled simply as coming from Western Australia. It was one of the finest in the land. Then the wine was defined as Great Southern, the source of almost the entirety of the fruit. Then came a second wine, labelled as from the Porongurups, and then, in 2014, the Great Southern wine was re-labelled Mount Barker as the fruit all now comes from that sub-region. No matter how confusing those changes may have been, both Howard Park rieslings remain at the pinnacle with my personal preference, in this vintage, just going for the Mount Barker wine. It is flinty, minerally, citrusy and gorgeous, pristine, lively, zesty and delicious. You get the picture.”
‘Wine of the Week’ - Windsor Dobbin

2011 Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon
“The bouquet is arresting in its complexity, with fresh and dried herbs, earth, blackcurrant and cedary oak all present, the medium to full-bodied palate providing a liquid replay, balance and harmony first up, length on the high quality finish.”
95 points – James Halliday, James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine

2011 Howard Park Leston Shiraz
Spicy, slightly leafy Shiraz. Firm tannins taking no prisoners and needs more time. Chewy and deep. Lots of flavour and structure.”
16.5 points – Julia Harding, JancisRobinson.com

2012 Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep crimson. Both ripe-fruited and minty on the nose. Firm, dry, well structured. Plenty of tannic grip rounded out by fresh fruit. Perhaps on the leaner side but refined rather than austere.”
16.5 points – Julia Harding, JancisRobinson.com

2014 MadFish Riesling
“Young but tasted in February was drinking very well. Slight green tinge to the colour, hint of lime on the nose and riesling flavours starting to develop as it crosses the palate. 90 now, not sure how many to come but at least three and worth $18.”
90 points - Tony Keys, The Key Report

“A brilliant, high-quality riesling at an amazingly good price, this is lively, bright and lemony with a delicate texture and delightful purity. It’s a versatile dry white of real class.”
Jamie Goode, ‘Wine Spring collection 2015: The best whites of the season’

2013 Marchand & Burch Chardonnay
Initially more subtle on the nose than the Howard Park Chardonnay, with a firm, creamy-smooth texture on the palate. Lovely length, depth and subtle refinement. Generous but super fresh”
17.5 points – Julia Harding, JancisRobinson.com

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