2017 Howard Park Museum Release Riesling
From its beginnings in 1986, Howard Park has made Riesling from the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia. Since then, our Riesling has grown to become one of the most collected Rieslings in Australia. To experience the complexity Riesling offers over time, we cellar a portion of this wine under ideal conditions, then release our museum wine after 5 to 7 years.
Riesling is demanding, sensitive yet tough enough to thrive in the vagaries of this cool climate. Wines made of Riesling grapes are exceptionally revealing and critical of the environment in which they grow and the human interactions engaged to create them.
Now at a particularly captivating stage in its evolution, this wine’s youthful exuberance has softened, making way for a rich and nuanced tapestry of aromas and flavors that only come with age. Citrus and pear, once vibrant, have faded, giving rise to a more developed display on the nose with verbena, honeycomb, and apricot coming to the forefront. Preserved lemon, lanolin, burnt orange, baked apple, nectarine tart, and beeswax intertwine underneath forming a rich and rewarding bouquet. The palate harmonises soft, supple texture, minerality, and fruit weight, all underpinned by balanced acidity and hints of yuzu, grapefruit pith and lemongrass. While easy to enjoy now, this wine promises even deeper revelations to come as it continues to age and integrate over the years
Pair with lemongrass barbecued pork and spicy rice vermicelli noodles.
Drink now or cellar for up to 15 years to enjoy the nuanced flavours yet to come.