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Wrap Up of Media Reviews and Accolades - June 2015


 JUNE, 2015

2013 Howard Park Allingham Chardonnay
“It is a shame to drink it so young, but we’ve all got the dough so buy two and have one later. More serious gear.”
9/10 points – Max Crus, The Daily Examiner

2014 Howard Park Chardonnay
“The colour is a youthful light straw-yellow and the bouquet is superbly fresh and fruit-driven, oak is barely discernible and yet the bouquet has great underlying complexity. The palate is superbly focused, delicate, refined and intense. Cashew-nut and subtle stone-fruit aromas. Tightly framed, fine and long, this is a top Howard Park chardonnay.”
96 points – Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com

2014 Howard Park Porongurup Riesling
“A pristine wine, pale hued and superbly fresh, the aromas bright, floral and primary, the palate flavours very fruity, rich and soft, with a tickle of sweetness which adds to its charm. This seems a smidgin less-dry, less-tart, less-austere than the traditional HP rieslings of yore. It's more approachable young and a positive change all-round. Still a refined, pristine, delicate and delicious riesling of major aging potential.”
96 points - Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com

2014 Howard Park Flint Rock Pinot Noir
“Clear dark ruby red colour. Wonderful nose of dark cherry, rhubarb, soft spices with a tiny bit of barnyard and mushroom aromas. Not an overly complex palate but has a smooth silky texture full of juicy red fruits upfront followed by some typical Pinot earthiness to balance. Definitely more feminine in style give its softness and red fruit spectrum flavours. Not much length, but this doesn’t bother me so much because the juicy, drinkability is delicious. An absolute banging mid-week wine. I am a bit of a Pinot freak and one of the major problems is that often times quality Pinot comes with a steep price due to small yields and difficult viticulture. When I see a Pinot that is around $20, alarm bells start to go off because of the amount of times I have been burned. I paid $21 a bottle for this and am super happy with the purchase.”

2012 Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon
“You don’t see too many wines priced at $113 do you? And I bet you don’t buy too many unless you’re an average Joe (Hockey that is). Lucky buggers.”
9/10 points – Max Crus, The Daily Examiner

“The warm 2012 season in Great Southern and Margaret River has built an Abercrombie of impressive black fruit depth, yet retaining the control and determination to see out a very long life. A beautifully focused, exquisite bouquet of blackcurrant, cassis, black cherries, cedar and tobacco announces a generous yet compact palate, with a focused and deep core of blackcurrant and cassis fruit. Notes of liquorice and dark chocolate linger long through a honed finish, sustained by fine, sinewy, tightly structured tannins. Another great in the lineage of Abercrombie.”
97 points – Tyson Stelzer, TysonStelzer.com

“This has great colour and a superbly balanced aroma, fully ripe but also varietal, with a slightly sweeter palate and richer denser, more fleshy texture than the typical earlier vintages. It maintains the elegance and refinement of the marque. A top vintage for this wine.”
95 points – Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com




2014 MadFish Riesling
“This is already showing colour and buttered-toast touches in its bouquet, all the better to enjoy it young. It’s soft and dry, and quite long on the finish.”
92 points – Huon Hooke, The Age

2014 MadFish Gold Turtle Chardonnay
“Complex, subtle scents of grilled nuts, stone fruit, ginger biscuits, honey. Lovely perfume. Richness and sweetness to mouthfeel but very fresh, lively and succulent, framed with fine pheolic structure and finishing with grapefruit pithy acidity through a long line. Feels very composed and elegant, above its station of price point. Meets the complexity, richness, flavour and restraint matrix well.”
90 points – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

2013 MadFish Premium Red
“There are other varieties in there as well but it works giving pleasure all the way, not complex in taste but works 91 points and OK value at $18 …”
91 points – Tony Keys, The Keys Report

2013 MadFish Shiraz
“Earthy character overlaying ripe black plum, very enjoyable wine both to drink a glass and to take to the table, good long aftertaste 93 points and value at $18.”
93 points – Tony Keys, The End Scribble





2014 Marchand & Burch Villages Chardonnay 
“The joy in this wine is its restraint. Oak and yeast are toned back so the flavours of pear and nectarine can be fully appreciated from start to finish.”
4.5 stars - Tony Love, Sunday Times Magazine

2012 Marchand & Burch Mount Barrow Pinot Noir 
“Marchand & Burch Mount Barrow Pinot Noir 2012 is a wine I have tasted twice this year and each time been enchanted. Textured, woodsy and vinous, it’s got a stellar pedigree, a killer Art Nouveau label, and duck written all over it.”
DJ Kearney, Wine Align

2014 Marchand & Burch Mount Barrow Pinot Noir 
“A collaboration between a lovely Canadian, Pascal Marchand and Jeff Burch from Margaret River’s Howard Park wines. Mount Barker’s a region that’s not given the recognition for its pinot noir but this spruiks the region’s credentials loud and clear: It’s silky, intense and elegant, meaty pinot noir that’s balanced and well-structured with earthy plum, raspberry and cherry flavours.”
94 points – Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review


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