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Howard Park Wines 2013 James Halliday Wine Companion Results

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14 years with a 5 red star rating
"Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 94 points or above, and have had a five star rating for the previous two years. A Winery generally acknowledged to have a long track record of excellence - truly the best of the best."
 

Howard Park Wines Results

2010 HOWARD PARK CHARDONNAY
“Mid-gold, green hue; the bouquet offers a blend of grapefruit,
melon and spices; the palate follows suit, with ripe fruits,
charcuterie and an attractive quartz-like minerality providing
spine around the relatively soft acidity; grilled cashews persist
on the finish.”
94 Points

2010 HOWARD PARK ‘ABERCROMBIE’ CABERNET SAUVIGNON
“Deep crimson; a youthful and effusive wine, displaying the
very essence of cassis and cedar, with a fairly hefty dose of
new oak; undoubtedly built for the long haul, as the
concentration of fruit and the impressive level of tannins
simply must have time to settle down and integrate with the
oak; the wait will be worth the effort.”
96 Points

2010 HOWARD PARK SCOTSDALE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
“Deep crimson, bright; a fragrant and perfumed bouquet of
blackcurrant, violets and cedar; the palate is silky and
approachable as a young wine, yet the backbone of structure
indicates a long journey ahead; excellent purity and plenty
of power.”
95 Points

2010 HOWARD PARK SCOTSDALESHIRAZ
“Deep magenta; the bouquet is a fragrant, perfumed and
spiced array of red and black fruits, offset by a touch of
lavender and violets; the palate is soft and fleshy, silky
and refined, with lacy acidity making way to some fairly
serious tannins and charry oak, characters that will see
a long and fruitful existence ahead.”
94 Points

2011 HOWARD PARK PORONGURUP RIESLING
“Pale straw-green; each year the evidence increases that
Porongurup is one of the best regions for long-lived Riesling
anywhere in Australia. This wine is typically exceptionally fine,
and both it (and the track record of the region) tells you
greatness awaits around the corner in 5+ years time, and long
thereafter. Do not be fooled by the reticence of its youth.”
96 Points

2011 HOWARD PARK RIESLING
“Mid-straw, bright; ripe lemon curd fruit, straw and fennel;
the palate is forward, fleshy and surprisingly accessible,
ready for early consumption rather than extended ageing.”
90 Points

2011 HOWARD PARK SAUVIGNON BLANC
“Bright straw-green; a complex wine (due partly to a portion
of barrel ferment) with a mix of citrus, stone fruit and
tropical fruit, sustained by natural acidity.”
94 Points

2010 HOWARD PARK LESTON SHIRAZ
“Deep, dark colour, with a dark and brooding character to match
the ample black fruits, ironstone minerality and licorice are all
wound up tightly by well-handled oak; the palate is sweet-fruited
and generous on entry, with the backbone of structure providing
a long and harmonious ride to the extended finish.”
94 Points

2010 HOWARD PARK LESTON CABERNET SAUVIGNON
“Deep crimson; a bright and fragrant, pure-fruited bouquet,
showing red and black berries, cedar and violets; the mediumbodied
palate provides plenty of punch, fine grained tannins and
a long, even expansive finish.”
94 Points

2011 HOWARD PARK MIAMUP SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON
“This combines Sauvignon Blanc from the cool southern
end of Margaret River and Semillon from the somewhat
warmer centre; the varieties mesh well, Semillon providing
the framework of grass, herb and mineral, Sauvignon Blanc
the swell of tropical fruit that fills the mid- and back- palate.”
94 Points

2010 HOWARD PARK FLINT ROCK CHARDONNAY
“From the estate Mount Barrow vineyard; light straw-green,
it was wild yeast-fermented in tank and older oak to give the
fruit free rein, resulting in a crisp palate with a Chablis
overtone, and good lenth.”
92 Points

2010 HOWARD PARK FLINT ROCK PINOT NOIR
“Bright, clear colour; an interesting wine, with the tight tannins
that are often encountered in young red Burgundies, spices
woven through black and sour cherry fruits, the balance and
length should stand the wine in good stead as it matures.”
92 Points

2009 HOWARD PARK MIAMUP CABERNET SAUVIGNON
“Mid-garnet; a savoury bouquet of cassis and bell pepper is on
display; the medium-bodied palate is forward and a little
developed, yet the softness and flesh makes it accessible and
ready to go early.”
88 Points

2008 HOWARD PARK MIAMUP CABERNET SAUVIGNON
“Medium red-purple; cassis/blackcurrant/dried herbs on the
bouquet and palate are joined by firm tannins as the primary
drivers of this wine, oak in the back seat has good development
potential.
91 Points

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