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2014 Howard Park Scotsdale Shiraz

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2014 Howard Park Scotsdale Shiraz

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
The purple-crimson colour is excellent, the wine living up to that promise; the spicy/peppery bouquet leads into a medium to full-bodied palate, black fruits, liquorice and pepper all on display. It is the structure of the tannins that clinch the deal: they are rounded and sewn into the fabric of the wine. This and the Leston are very different, but of equal quality.
Drink by 2044
Tony Keys (2014 Vintage) says
The nose is gorgeous: black fruits and damp, rich earth. Across the palate it’s savoury, gripping and very sexy. It does things to the palate that really are very adult. 96 points and worth $46.
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Matured in French barriques for 18 months. Bright purple-crimson; the wine travels a very different road to that of Leston; fresh, spicy and no more than mediumbodied, the bouquet is a symphony of red and black counterparts, the elegant palate silky smooth, and cruises through to a long finish and lingering finish.
Wine Companion
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Light to medium purple-red; a fragrant and lively wine that plays a symphony of red fruits, spice and a counterpoint of licorice; the tannins are fine, and line, length and balance are all impeccable.
To 2026
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; the aromatic bouquet is in a different, darker-berried and more spicy tenor than the Leston, the palate more intense and focused, the flavours reaching every corner of the mouth. Will outlive many who taste it, notably myself.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; while not sacrificing elegance, has the greatest volume of fruit of the three Shirazs, with blackberry, licorice and plum, that has swallowed the oak; a complete wine in every respect.
To 2023
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Peter Forrestal (2008 Vintage) says
This single-vineyard red from Frankland River is one of WA's finest shirazes. The 2008 has a richness, concentration of ripe red-cherry and red-plum flavours and succulence that catches the attention. Drink now or cellar.
STM Magazine, 2010
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Howard Park has significant Margaret River digs but it was founded in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. Many of its best reds are still made from Great Southern grapes. Scotsdale is one of its Great Southern vineyards. 2005 RELEASE It's a melodious, lip-smacking wine, the type that can easily have you skipping around the house singing merrily - or maybe that's just me. The thing is, it's tasty, spicy, smooth and dark, but it's sophisticated too. Filigreed tannin, bass notes of olive and aniseed, cedary oak and excellent length. It's one of my favourite wines of the year. DRINK 2012-2018.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Brightly coloured and clean, this is a super-elegant and refined wine with great length and intensity. Spice and black fruits have absorbed the French oak, the tannins perfect.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Excellent colour; fragrant spicy, peppery black fruits; long, intense palate; great balance and style; flavour with finesse.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; a fragrant, almost flowery, bouquet with spicy berry aromas, then an elegant but intense and perfectly poised palate. Here the driver is the red cherry fruit; the tannins are supple, the oak exemplary.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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