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.
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