As the saying goes, sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know. When you are mates with a member of the Burch family, founders of Howard Park Wines, it can lead to access to some truly special bottles. Howard Park has been kind enough to let us have a crack at a bit of their museum stock and here’s the first cab off the rank. It’s from the cracking 2004 vintage (let’s be honest, almost every vintage in Western Australia is cracking) and is a chardonnay built for aging. After 16 years resting in the cellar, the wine is a bit auburn in hue, bursting with cashew and honeysuckle, yet still retains lively acidity on the finish. If you are a fan of fine aged chardonnay, I don’t imagine you’ll find much better than this in Australia. And once it’s gone, you’ll never see it again.
“Very fragrant and pure citrus, apple, grapefruit, stone fruit and grapefruit aromas and flavours; great line and balance; fruit has easily swallowed the oak.”
Full price $100.00 from the producer.
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- Great Southern
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- 100% Chardonnay
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Great Southern is, believe it or not, the country's largest wine region at 200km east to west, and 100km north to south. No surprise then, that the countryside and climate changes dramatically from end to end, and that there are five subregions: maritime Albany; neighbouring Denmark; Frankland River, favouring Bordeaux reds; cooler Mount Barker renowned for stunning Riesling; and even cooler, granitic, continental Porongorup where Cabernet defers to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. As a large region to source from, variety and style can vary immensely, but you can count on quality, as there are so many great vines to choose from.
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