The Howard Park Chardonnay is a modern style of Australian’ barrel-fermented Chardonnay: elegant, lean and sophisticated. This wine displays mineral, citric and pear fruit characters with some savoury and nutty notes from the interaction of oak and lees. The Howard Park Chardonnay will enormously reward those that are patient enough to cellar this wine. It will develop wonderful secondary characters after about a year and will drink well for five years.
- WA - Other Western Australian
- Western Australia
Based on the last entry, it should come as little surprise to find this solo effort from Howard Park also impressed the judges.
In common with its Marchand & Burch counterpart, this Chardonnay also features Porongurup fruit, but this time as part of a blend with grapes from fellow Great Southern sub-regions Mount Barker and Denmark.
2012 was a year that sparked excitable noises from winemakers across Australia and the western end of this vast continent proved no exception. With consistently warm, dry conditions during the growing season, Howard Park’s cool 380m altitude, south facing Mount Barrow vineyard provided the majority of fruit for this vintage.” Gold MEdal - Gabriel Savage, The Drinks Business
Winery Tasting Notes
Brilliant in appearance and pale straw in colour with lemon/lime hues.
The bouquet is an enticing mix of white field flowers, grapefruit, pear essence and brioche.
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.
Grilled Western Australian dhufish served with a warm spring salad of snow peas, asparagus, baby spinach and crumbled goat’s feta.
A wine of great flavours, complexity and style, the 2012 Howard Park Chardonnay will age gracefully over the next 6 to 8 years.
Medals & Trophies
2012 Gold Medal - The Drinks Business
2012 Bronze Medal - Royal Hobart Wine Show
2012 Silver Medal - Hong Kong Wine & Spirit Competition
2012 Silver Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show
2012 Silver Medal - Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show
2012 Bronze Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show