Howard Park Wines is Western Australia's largest boutique family-owned winery producing a range of handcrafted fine Australian wines from the state's premier grape growing regions of Margaret River and the Great Southern. Since its inception in 1986, Howard Park’s philosophy has been to craft outstanding boutique Australian wines of great subtlety, character, balance and elegance with an uncompromising commitment to quality.
Howard Park’s award winning Chardonnay is handcrafted from grapes sourced from the cool climate region of Western Australia’s Great Southern. The cool growing conditions produce highly flavoured and tightly structured Chardonnay grapes from which only the best free run juice is selected each vintage to become part of the Howard Park Chardonnay. The juice selected is placed on French oak barrels with a percentage of the barrels lees stirred for period determined each vintage to enhance the savoury textural characters. The remaining barrels are sulphured to preserve the delicate flavour and structure of the Chardonnay and to restrict the occurrence of malolactic fermentation.
Wow. This comes out of the glass at a rate of knots, its intensity almost shocking, and not yielding an inch on the way through to the finish and aftertaste. White peach, pink grapefruit, cedary/toasty oak, electrifying acidity and fused together as they soar through the heights. Screwcap. 13% alc. To 2030. $54; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2017.
Took me some time to come to grips with this. Howard Park Chardonnay is a bit like that; it needs plenty of air young, or a few years bottle age. Pine-lime, touch of nougat and gentle spiced oak. Medium bodied, slightly tropical but restrained in weight and style, bright acidity, a little gloss, some milky flavours and firm flinty texture. Has particularly good length; really bursts through the finish line with spicy lime infused intensity. Needs time to come together. Alcohol : 13%; Price : $54; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2018 - 2025; Rated : 94+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front