Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition review of Australian Riesling (see blue link below).
Howard Park Mt Barker Riesling 2017 - April 2018 Decanter review
Howard Park Wines is Western Australia’s largest family owned and operated boutique winery, responsible for such brands as Howard Park and MadFish. Established in 1986, Howard Park is one of the original pioneers of the cool climate Great Southern region known for its rich ancient soils and elevated vineyard sites, and the iconic Margaret River wine region built on a vision of crafting outstanding handcrafted wines with an uncompromising commitment to quality. Viticulture and winemaking are carried out with minimal intervention and organic & biodynamic practices employed. Howard Park produces wines of international standing that are noted for their rare balance of elegance and power showing a consistency of style and quality which is the hallmark of enduring great wines.
From its beginnings, Howard Park has made Riesling from the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia. Riesling is demanding, sensitive yet tough enough to thrive in the vagaries of this cool climate. Wines made of Riesling grapes are exceptionally revealing and critical of the environment in which they grow and the human interactions engaged to create them.
Each vineyard block is vinified separately in stainless steel tanks. After settling bright, the free run juice is racked before a long and cold fermentation to preserve freshness and fine fruit flavours. After a light milk fining and filtration, the wine is bottled.
Heady notes of lime skin, fresh citrus and star anise fill the bouquet. The palate’s s lively citrus and green pear is enriched with lemon curd, baked apple and quince. A soft wet stone feel, adds texture to the palate and the balanced acidity, a guiding line. This wine has distinct fruit, floral and spice notes, generosity, length of flavour and fine balance.
This wine pairs well with seafood - especially oysters and can be cellared for up to 20 years.