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Howard Park Top 10 White Winemakers of Australia


"Although putatively based in Margaret River. Howard Park has adopted a determined southerly focus for its top whites. The Burch family wine business never sleeps: there’s a bewildering array of wines and new ones are constantly being added to the range. The most surprising thing is how good they all are, and a succession of top-notch winemakers has been pivotal: Janice McDonald is in charge today, while owner Jeff Burch, whose knowledge of wine is wide and deep, plays a key role. One superb Great Southern Riesling turn deserves another: now there’s also a single subregion Porongurup Riesling that’s equally thrilling. Concurrently, the Great Southern Chardonnay has been gradually refined into a tense, nervy, spine-tingling wine which invites comparison with Chablis, yet in many ways is nothing like it. The Great Southern Sauvignon Blanc is also one of the best in Australia – again, unlike Loire or Marlborough but very much its own style. The MadFish range, especially the Gold Turtle Chardonnay, is also worth checking out." Hooke, Decanter Magazine, July 2012



“An Australian Sauvignon Blanc not pretending to be French or Kiwi, with intense, pungent gooseberry and honeydew melon fragrance, a suggestion of barrel adding an extra dimension. Tangy freshness and a great harmony of flavours.”  ‘100 Top New Releases’ 95 Points



“This is an exhilarating chardonnay. Mealy and toast-nut aromas, and grapefruit on the palate. Very fresh, alive, tangy and long. The wine has structure and great refinement.” “Top 100 New Releases” 96 Points



“Medium to light, bright yellow colour. Fresh floral nose, some geranium and musk, appealing and clean. Same in mouth: light, crisp and fresh, with simple but appealing flavour. Some richness and breadth of palate. Generous without great finesse. Will certainly build more character with age. Drink 2012-2019.” 92 Points



“Howard Park’s regular Great Southern Riesling is one of the great rieslings of Australia, and has been for more than two decades, but this relatively recent addition, sourced solely from the sub-region Porongurup, is a masterpiece of finesse. It has a wonderful perfume that is spicy and musky, while the palate is impressively deep and powerful, with an extra degree of charm that sets it apart from its stablemate. It’s rich and intense but at the same time refined and understated, suggesting it will age gracefully, developing character and depth as time passes. Drink now to 10 years-plus.”
95 Points



“Light yellow; looks young for its age. Shy, nutty nougat and marzipan aromas; lovely subtle restrained complexity. Palate tight, fine and intense yet delicate and restrained; long too. I could drink a lot of this, and it has room to grow with age. Very fine Chardonnay indeed.” 94 Points


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