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Howard Park Chardonnay

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Margaret River was blessed with yet another good vintage in 2012, and this top shelf chardy is a ripper! It's a moderately-oaked wine that shows lots of white stone fruits, grapefruits, pears and roasted nuts on the nose, with just a hint of dairy. The palate come across as more medium-bodied, with vibrant, juicy pear and citrus flavours, a decadent creamy mouthfeel, and a dry, lingering finish with a touch of toast in the tail. This will cellar for another couple of years, and would be great with poultry or even rich pork dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Brilliant in appearance and pale straw in colour with lemon/lime hues.

Nose: The bouquet is an enticing mix of white field flowers, grapefruit, pear essence and brioche.

Palate: Enriched with layers of nutmeal, the palate’s fine, creamy texture is supported by toasted vanillin oak. The bright lemon acidity adds a degree of restraint and length to finish the wine.

Food: Grilled Western Australian dhufish served with a warm spring salad of snow peas, asparagus, baby spinach and crumbled goat’s feta.

Cellaring: A wine of great flavours, complexity and style, the 2012 Howard Park Chardonnay will age gracefully over the next 6 to 8 years.

Alcohol: 13.0%

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Howard Park Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; an extremely elegant Chardonnay, wild yeast-fermented in French oak; the grapes were picked at precisely the right moment to allow the full range of varietal flavours to express themselves, and the new oak was also judged to perfection. Modern chardonnay style at its best.
To 2023
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
With a strong resource of Margaret River chardonnay vines, it may come as a surprise that Howard Park's flagship chardonnay is instead sourced from Great Southern. Not when you taste the wine! It shines like a beacon from the south, always pure, high-strung and age-worthy. At once pristine and complete and at the same time a wine of great tension and agility, this is a thrilling vintage for Howard Park Chardonnay. Defined texture, determined drive, structured minerality and great persistence, it's got a very long, bright future ahead. In the world of benchmark WA chardonnays, it also happens to be quite a bargain.
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; charged with stone fruit, melon and citrus flavours; barrel ferment inputs are also very much part of the wine
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
A most sophisticated chardonnay from largely Great Southern fruit. The complex mix of grapefruit and cereal with spicy vanillin oak is immediately enticing. The palate has depth and power with real length and persistence. This is a high class chardonnay of richness, power and texture.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A refined, restrained style; remarkable how grapefruit and nectarine fruit has swallowed the oak (60% new, 12 months); a long, clean finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
From the coolest, most southerly reaches of Western Australia comes a beautifully crafted Chardonnay with pure grapefruit and white peach flavours, perfectly balanced with creamy roast hazelnut and complex leesy flavours. There is a real poise to this wine, which belies its 60% new oak.
WBM Wine 100, 2008 2008
Ray Jordan (2006 Vintage) says
This is a cracker, with tart grapefruit mealy aromas an enticing guide to the palate that follows. Beautifully complex and engaging palate with a tight mineral thread and stacks of sustained flavour.
Western Australia Ray Jordan's Guide to Wine 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean; as ever, a very pure, beautifully and meticulously crafted wine, using high-quality grapes to start with; grapefruit and nectarine flavours are as fresh and lively as is possible, having absorbed 12 months in French oak, and been subjected to virtually no mlf.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very fragrant and pure citrus, apple, grapefruit, stone fruit and grapefruit aromas and flavours; great line and balance; fruit has easily swallowed the oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A polished and beautifully integrated chardonnay whose crystal-bright flavours of grapefruit, pineapple and quince knit harmoniously with dusty, nutty vanilla oak and refreshingly citrusy acids. Its aroma reveals undertones of cloves and cinnamon, while its smooth, supple and creamy palate culminates in a tightly focused and mineral finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A seamless and super-fine palate reflects precision engineering of nectarine fruit and barrel fermented French oak; the epitome of elegance, and at the start of its life.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Extremely stylish, elegant and long; melon, stone fruit and grapefruit; perfect balance/integration of oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Winemaker Michael Kerrigan is hell-bent on moving to Stelvin for all Howard Park wines, and used it with this one. The fine, elegant, fruit-driven bouquet of citrus and nectarine is inevitably followed by a fine and perfectly modulated palate, with oak purely background support. Lingering delicacy.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a beautifully crafted wine from start to finish, with fine melon/grapefruit aromas backed up by the sophisticated use of high-quality French oak on the bouquet. A fine, long, supple palate with powerful fruit (the wine has 14 degrees alcohol) is similarly surrounded by gently spiced oak. Retasted October '97; retains delicacy, and unquestionably headed for a long life.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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