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2015 Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc

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The 2015 Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc isn't just any old Aussie Sauv. From one of the best wineries in WA, this is an energetic cavalcade of mouth watering tropical fruit, lime, and zesty capsaicin.

Using organic and biodynamic farming practices, Howard Park are masters of this style. With a little portion on skins and oak, this Sauv is anything but boring. In fact, it's one of the most energetic and alive whites we've had in awhile!

Winemaker's Notes

Vintage: The first signs of the approaching vintage began with budburst in the early spring of 2014 as the vines shrugged off their winter dormancy. During this formative period of growth, the weather conditions began to shape the vintage to come. In the temperate climes of the south west of Western Australia, the preceding winter provided adequate rainfall for sustained vine growth. As the earth gradually faced more to the sun and spring uncoiled its impulsive nature, a warm, dry summer set the stage for a promising outcome. When veraison began in late January, the native marri blossom was abundant in the Great Southern yet curiously absent in Margaret River. Another battle to be fought as netting becomes an annual necessity to protect the valuable crop. The middle autumn period, so often spotted with potential cyclonic fallout did produce intermittent and lingering rain from mid to late March, which slowed the red harvest and cooled the season.
In summary, the 2015 vintage is a mix bag from Margaret River and the Great Southern. The early varieties of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and some Shiraz have produced excellent wine while Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are good yet variable.

Technical Notes: The winemaking of this Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc focuses on the regional fruit expression of southern Margaret River to build layers of flavour and structure. Here the Sauvignon Blanc is distinguished by a rich fruit weight, varietal notes of lemon/lime citrus, blackcurrant, stone fruits and the aromas of passion flower, elderflower and sweet herbs.
In our endeavor to craft an exceptional wine, many winemaking techniques are incorporated in the making of Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc.
Most batches are fine cut free run juice, cool fermented in stainless steel to maintain regional character and defined fruit flavours. Special batches are hand picked, whole fruit pressed and fermented in oak to add complexity and texture. A minor contribution from time on skins imparts a pithy structural edge.

Tasting Notes: A glistening silver lime in colour and scented with high notes of passionflower, lemon grass and blackcurrant bud. The palate is racy yet rich in flavours of citrus, passionfruit pulp and stone fruits. A bright lemon acidity with a pithy, mineral edge gives length and crispness to finish.

Cellaring: A vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with boundless fruit, complexity and a fine long structure that will allow the wine to evolve and flourish over the next 3 to 5 years.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2015 Howard Park Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
Thrilling intensity. You could measure the flavour here in watts. Grass, gravel, tropical fruit and lime. It all rips out through the finish. A beauty.
94
James Suckling (2015 Vintage) says
A mouthwateringly grassy, citrusy and tropical array here. Limes and passionfruit with fresh green herbs; plenty on offer. The palate is crisp, neatly cut and flavoursome. A thread of bright lemon citrus rides the sleeve-like acid line to the finish. Drink now, super fresh.
91
Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
A bright and concentrated sauvignon that offers a wealth of tropical fruit aromas - really bursts from the glass - some stone fruits, melon, gently grassy and leafy notes here too. The palate has smooth, even shape and fleshy texture that delivers a wealth of satisfying flavour and terrific balance.
Now
Good Wine Guide
92
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
Ripe with distictive lemon edged troppical chaarcters including pineapple with a subtle lick of oak. the palate is understated and sensuos with mid weight textures and whisphers its power like an expenive car on the freeway subtle flavours across the tropical, herbal and a lick of coconut caramel oak all add complexity and interest. effortless garce Will improve in the short term.
2018
Rob Geddes MW
92
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
93
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Ripe and juicy, this pungent and reductive sauvignon blanc reveals a funkly and rather sweaty bouquet of passionfruit, gooseberries, tinned asparagus and melon that lacks purity and freshness. Viscous and mouthfilling, it's almost oily, steeped in fruit and flavour, but could finish with more bite and focus.
2012-2013+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Masters of chardonnay and riesling from the west, it was only a matter of time before Howard Park nailed sauvignon. Its moment in the sun came in 2011, and the dry, warm season through Mount Barker and Margaret River gave birth to a wine of poise, balance and style. Partial barrel fermentation adds notes of hazelnut cream under defined lime, gooseberry and capsicum fruit, underlined by cool, chalky minerality.
93
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; a complex wine (due partly to a portion of barrel ferment) with a mix of citrus, stone fruit and tropical fruit, sustained by natural acidity
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Modern and fruit-driven, with a fragrant, herbaceous bouquet of pure lychee, passionfruit and gooseberry aromas with dusty undertones. Its perfectly bright, juicy and pristine palate is long and luscious but finely honed with genuine shape and freshness, finishing with a tightly focused, balanced acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; used only free-run juice and a small portion was barrel-fermented; the classy fragrant bouquet leads into an intense and very long palate, the flavours neatly balanced at the midpoint between grassy/pea pod and tropical.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Sourced from Mount Barker, Margaret River and Pemberton. A small amount has been barrel fermented. Precise and deeply flavoursome with a palate tickling citrus zip running through the slightly creamy texture which comes from the partial barrel fermentation. Excellent structure and weight with a long, long palate. Very good tight expression of this variety.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
93
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Impressive intensity and clarity in this south-western Australian sauvignon. Tropical fruits abound, with an edge of fresh herbs, green grass and citrus. The palate's crisp and contained, boasting plenty of flavour in a clean and tangy style; snowpea shoots to Close.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; an intriguing wine from start to finish, with delicate fruit ranging from citrus to tropical, and a feathery touch of barrel ferment that might so easily have obscured, rather than enhanced, the fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
This is drinking absolutely superbly now. The use of some partial oak fermentation has contributed to a creamy soft textural palate albeit with very lively passionfruit intensity. Fine delicate acid sustains a brilliant finish to a wine that you just keep going back to for more. Outstanding.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A vibrant wine from start to finish, with a mix of herbal, citrus and mineral aromas and flavours, the excellent mouthfeel aided by the texture derived from partial barrel ferment; lingering finish. Gold WA Wine Show '08
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
This is the Howard Park style for this variety Ð a tight bracing expression with subtle grassy edges to the tart gooseberry and limejuice freshness. The palate is zingy with a lovely varietal intensity.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Combines elegance and delicacy with great length, and a lingering finish; passionfruit and citrus drive a vivid wine; shows up the eastern states vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Ken Gargett (2007 Vintage) says
There's some kind of karmic balance going on when you can spend hours fighting with a certain communications behemoth who thinks it's a giant fish in a big pond, but in reality couldn't attach string between two tin cans—and then on the same day one of our larger wine producers emails to announce that they have sent your sauv blanc samples to the wrong person. As savvy goes, however, this one is very good.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a spotlessly clean bouquet; mineral, talc, gooseberry and green apple flavours run through to the long, clean finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Trembles on the brink of reduction; lots of tropical fruit flavours; balancing acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
88

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