BF and I went to Howard Park Winery on the weekend that we went down for the Gourmet Escape to complete a tasting and curve making session. We had so much fun at the winery chatting, tasting different sparkling wines and Champagnes as well as observing the production of sparkling wine on site with their Senior Wine Maker Janice McDonald, Natalie Burch (the daughter of the current owners of Howard Park), Hamish (Natalie’s dog), a gentleman who’s name I cannot remember but who has been influential in the adoption of the traditional-method in south-west WA, and another couple in the session. Photos are up on Facebook and a more in-depth review of this sessions will be up on my blog this Friday but I did want to introduce the winery to you before then.
Howard Park is linked to the well known Madfish Wines as both are owned by Burch Family Wines, which is a family company that has developed since couple Jeff and Amy Burch established Howard Park Estate in 1986, and now includes not only their children involved in running the company but also now the Madfish Winery and Marchand & Burch wine labels.
Howard Park and Madfish are rated a solid 5-star winery by James Halliday in the 2012 Australian Wine Companion. The winery sources grapes from their vineyards in Margaret River and Mount Barker. The vineyards currently produce Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Some vines on the Denmark property date back to 1974 and the Margaret River property has vines dating back to 1996. Howard Park and Madfish are both well established wine labels in bottle shops in Perth. Burch Family Wines in 2009 was inducted into the founding members of the Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) organisation which seeks to promote the founding Australian wine families and their regional iconic wines.
The Winery’s setting and location were tranquil and pleasant and the cellar door felt spacious and open. I did not have the chance to sample their wines at the cellar door after the Jete-Methode Traditional Wine Experience however I have tried Madfish’s Classic Red and White in the past at the Good Food and Wine show in Perth earlier this year. I preferred Madfish’s Classic Red to the Classic White but did not have any complaint with either of the wines. I will make it back to their cellar door in the near future to try out the Howard Park range as I have been eyeing it off at work for quite some time now.
If anyone has had the chance to sample from Howard Park’s range do share your experiences with me!
Until next time!