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Wrap up of media reviews and accolades - March and April 2016

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MARCH & APRIL 2016

2011 HOWARD PARK MUSEUM RELEASE RIESLING
“…This 2011 Howard Park Riesling is an excellent example of an aged Riesling at its best. Its citrusy, concentrated bouquet tinged with a hint of nectarine leads to a complex, nuanced, well-rounded palate and satisfying mouth-feel. A textural wine with a mellow melange of integrated, soft lemon and lime overlaid with baked apple. It is supported by a fine acid leading to a clean, lingering finish and aftertaste. There are some excellent Rieslings coming from Great Southern of late, and this is one of them.”
Wine of the Week – Michael Hince, Heard it Through the Grapevine No. 291
 

2015 HOWARD PARK MOUNT BARKER RIESLING
“… Elegant riesling. Perfumed. Red apples, blossomy lemons, bath salts and lime. It’s open for business now and drinks well young; it has the acidity and length to keep on going for years; you get to choose. Personally I reckon I’d drink it young.”
92 Points | Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
 

2014 HOWARD PARK SAUVIGNON BLANC
“Medium yellow colour showing some development, and a toasty, nutty, oak-driven bouquet with loads of character. Intense fruit augmented by sensitive use of oak, results in a powerful but balanced and soft, spicy wine of great character and persistence. A terrific wine.”
96 Points | Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com

“A year extra on the age front works wonders and the quality of grapes must have been among the best to produce such an amazing wine. A touch of barrel treatment adds more textural character, making the whole a very tasty and satisfying wine. It’s quality and well worth $31.”
94 Points | Tony Keys, The Key Report


2015 HOWARD PARK MIAMUP SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON
“The sauvignon is dominant at the moment but the semillon will come in to play in early to mid-2016. Having said that, it’s drinking well now and will not disappoint. 93 points and worth its $28.”
93 Points | Tony Keys, The Key Report


2014 HOWARD PARK CHARDONNAY
 “… when it was poured into my glass I felt on the brink of a eureka moment. Sure enough the standard-bearer Chardonnay from this esteemed family company has triumphed in 2014 with glorious, bold, swathes of fruit and a minute’s long finish…”
100 Best Australian Wines 2016/17 | Matthew Jukes


2015 HOWARD PARK CHARDONNAY
“… There is refinement as well as a touch of richness, but overall the wine is subtle and restrained. The acidity is harmonious and the key impression is one of balance - despite the wine's youth. The flavour swells like a peacock's tail on the finish, and the aftertaste carries very long. It's a wine with a future…”
95 Points | Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com

“… Pine-lime, touch of nougat and gentle spiced oak. Medium bodied, slightly tropical but restrained in weight and style, bright acidity, a little gloss, some milky flavours and firm flinty texture. Has particularly good length; really bursts through the finish line with spicy lime infused intensity...”
94+ Points | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

“… It has the chardonnay characters of bread and yeast that the notes talk about, and it is good wine...”
92 Points | Tony Keys, The Key Report

“Taut and unyielding at first. A thoroughly modern wine. Aromas of stone fruit and subtle tropical fruits build with air. There is a degree of viscosity on the palate, with excellent length and high acidity. The oak sits very much in the background. Needs a few years to show its best.”
18.5 Points | Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club
 

2015 HOWARD PARK MIAMUP CHARDONNAY
“… The bouquet is rich and complex and loaded with secondary characters including dairy-like malo touches. Some butterscotch notes. The palate is likewise soft, rich, fleshy and tastes quite buttery. The acidity is fine and lively, seamless and cool. A very good chardonnay of refinement and persistence. It will grow more multi-faceted with a little bottle-age.”
91 Points | Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com

“Shy at first, fills out as it travels, but never to the stage of fat. Beautifully balanced and rewards the drinker with sensual flavours on the finish. 94 points and worth $28.”
94 Points | Tony Keys, The Key Report

“A modern style, where the quality fruit is enveloped by subtle structural notes. Long and taut palate, with fresh acidity and a lemony tang to close. Needs a year or two to show its best. From Margaret River.”
17.5 Points | Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club
 

2015 HOWARD PARK FLINT ROCK CHARDONNAY
“… It's full, round and smooth on the palate, with some density and grip and finishes with gentle, balanced acidity and appealing length. The aftertaste is appetising and refreshing.”
92 Points | Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com

“It walks an attractive line between refreshing – almost crisp – drinkability and richness. It’s not the latter but it’s on the way there, with creamy/nutty oak and white peach/nectarine flavour offering plenty to hold onto. The finish: it’s flinty, as befits the name, with tangy citrus and/or apple....”
91+ Points | Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

“Remarkably drinkable at this young age, with strong mineral character… It’s a beautifully crafted wine that tasted good and I enjoyed every sip later that day with salmon. 94 points and well worth $27.”
94 Points | Tony Keys, The Key Report

“Taut, restrained and bristling with vitality. The palate is delicious, with lemon and melon over creamy oak, cashew nut and subtle stone fruit. Long and refined, with excellent mouth-feel and complexity...”
18 Points | Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club
 

2013 HOWARD PARK FLINT ROCK SHIRAZ
“… Light in style for an Australian shiraz but it’s different, not wrong. 91 points and in a tough bracket at $28.”
91 Points | Tony Keys, The Key Report
 

2013 HOWARD PARK ABERCROMBIE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
“It has a certain kind of aristocracy, fitting of a cabernet, though it still manages to hold your hand and lead you through. It’s full of bay leaf and blackcurrant, all strident and stringy and firm, though milk chocolate and lead pencil characters have a softening influence. It’s like having your cake and eating it. It’s built for the cellar but, particularly after a decent decant, it comes together and drinks well now… It will be a beauty at maturity.”
95+ Points | Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

 

 

2015 MADFISH PREMIUM WHITE        
“… Good flavour, well balanced, a decent glass of white wine…”
91 Points | Tony Key, The Key Report
 

2015 MADFISH SHIRAZ ROSE
“… It’s bright with colour but it’s serious and savoury, the amount of fun it provides almost at odds (in a good way) with its general style. Excellent value and drinking.”
91 Points | Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front


2014 MADFISH SHIRAZ
“Fresh and vibrant, really easy drinking and worked slightly chilled on a hot day...”
92 Points | Tony Key, The Key Report

 

 

2015 MARCHAND & BURCH VILLAGES CHARDONNAY
“… I should think this will make an excellent wine once winter 2016 is done and we start coming into spring, say October 2016. Buy and hold is my advice. A mean 92 now with a couple more later.”
92 Points | Tony Keys, The Key Report
 

2015 MARCHAND & BURCH PORONGURUP CHARDONNAY
“Superfine chardonnay, typical of the best from WA’s far south. White peach aromas are framed by balanced spicy oak. The palate has richness, tight structure and acidity.”
95 Points | Ralph Kyte-Powell, Wine Guide Good Food, The Age

“Very reliable performer is Marchand & Burch… Touch of struck match, honey almond, white peach and lemony bite. Lively, citrus tang, a little smoothness from light glycerol texture and creamy cinnamon spice oak. Long. Real crunch and tangle of lemon and green olive in the aftertaste....”
94 Points | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

“Fairly light straw colour, with a savoury bouquet suggesting straw, hay, lightly-browned toast and lightly-grilled cashews. It's intense and bright in the mouth, with lingering aftertaste and excellent line. Clean, dry, lip-smacking finish...”
92 Points | Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com

“… It’s a very fine wine indeed, with all parts in the right places, so will be worth the money asked. 92 points at tasting but several more to come as it ages.”
92 Points | Tony Keys, The Key Report

“A lovely wine that straddles the stylistic boundary between the taut and richer examples. There is fresh fruit (grapefruit and nectarine), with fine oak and acidity carrying the finish. Near seamless, this will be even better in a couple of years.”
18.5+ Points | Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club

 

 

 

 

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