95 Points - James Halliday
Howard Park's 'Scotsdale' range showcases the classic regional characters of the Great Southern region. This 2016 Howard Park Scotsdale Shiraz is another intensely flavoured yet approachable Great Southern Shiraz that offers enormous appeal, whether it be in the short term or in the cellar for many years to come.
The welcoming soft red fruit and spice typical of the cool climate origin of this wine is embellished with a rich over lay of charcuterie, sarsaparilla root, caramel and dark chocolate. This enticing entry is supported by the soft, supple texture of the palate with is opulent blue and red fruits flavours, dusted with cocoa /oaky notes and finished with fine silky tannins. A deftly crafted wine that showcases pure, sweet fruit, well integrated and complexed with savoury and mineral notes.
"95 Points. Clear, bright crimson-purple; has a very different personality to its Leston sibling, which is to be expected. The type of oak and the role of tannins reflect the cool climate, backed up by the juicy elegance of the medium-bodied palate. The constellation of spices and gentle, refreshing acidity complete the picture. $50. 14.5% alc. Drink by 2036. Screwcap" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.
"If I have a choice between Leston and Scotsdale, it’s invariably Scotsdale. Good shiraz, made to look easy. Everything is so well integrated; everything pulls for the team. Black pepper, woodsy herbs, blueberry, plum and black cherry. Twig-like notes, sweet roasted nuts, woodsmoke. It’s all good, it combines to form a convincing example of red wine deliciousness. Excellent. 93+ Points Tasted: Aug18 Alcohol: 14.5% Price: $50 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2026+" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
Howard Park is a pioneering Western Australian winery, proudly helmed by the Burch family. It has been prolific within its 30-year history, encompassing two generations, two wine regions and four vineyards.
The story began in 1986, borne out of an ambition to craft wine with generational cellaring potential.
Spending year’s meticulously discovering quality fruit producers in Western Australia's Margaret River and the Great Southern region, the aim was to identify and develop only the best parcels of fruit for the wine. Small beginnings grew into a multi-regional endeavour, with carefully tended vineyards in these tow premier grape growing regions
Calling two wine regions home has allowed Howard Park to be an Australian leader in crafting award-winning wines that each tell their own story with a distinctive focus. These include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wine.
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