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The Allingham Story


The story behind one of Howard Park's Icon wines, the 'Allingham' Chardonnay

The Howard Park 'Allingham' project had long been talked about amongst the Burch family, but it wasn't until current chief winemaker Janice McDonald joined the winemaking team in January 2011 that plans for a new Chardonnay were properly formed. Here was the chance to take advantage of two of Janice’s well-known passions – Chardonnay & southern Margaret River vineyard sites – and marry them with Howard Park as a traditional champion of the Great Southern wine region. Janice was given free reign with no expense spared, resulting in a wine that is exactly what she has always wanted to make. Meticulous treatment, including hand-picking & sorting fruit, whole bunch pressing, natural fermentation in French oak and lees stirring helped to create a wine that is layered, flavoursome & complex, with the capacity to age gracefully - the perfect dedication to Jeff's late grandmother, Muriel Allingham.

The Allingham Chardonnay is the namesake Muriel Allingham, an influential family figure in owner Jeff Burch’s life. Muriel was a refined & educated lady, who taught a wide-eyed young Jeffrey how to cook European dishes, showed him art galleries, museums, restaurants & botanic gardens. She was a soft, loving person – a young thinker who would do anything for Jeff, including taking him to see The Beatles at the Adelaide Hall in 1964 & to the dump when he wanted to shoot rats with his shanghai.

The consistently impressive reviews from wine writers around the world shows that whilst the Allingham Chardonnay has only seen two vintages released to date, it is a wine of outstanding quality with a bright future.

Jeff's Grandfather Maurie Allingham, Jeff's Grandmother Muriel Allingham and Jeff.

Allingham Tasting Notes
2011 Howard Park Allingham Chardonnay
2013 Howard Park Allingham Chardonnay

Buy 2011 Howard Park Allingham Chardonnay
Buy 2013 Howard Park Allingham Chardonnay



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