Who makes it?
Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay is just one of the wines made under the Burch family banner. The Burch family story began in Margaret River in the 1980s in Willyabrup and then they became part of Howard Park’s story in the early 1990s. Now the Howard Park wines are sourced from not just Margaret River but also Great Southern.
The family also produce wine under the brand MadFish, and the renowned Marchand & Burch.
The Burch Family are part of the Australia’s First Families of Wine initiative. Please click here to read more about AFFW.
How do they make it?
Most of the grapes for this Miamup Chardonnay is from vineyards in Willyabrup, Margaret River. It is femented in portions in both older French oak and stainless steel and it undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften the acid and give complexity. The wine is further polished with lees stirring or ‘bâtonnage’ and it then also remains on lees for 10 months.
This is one carefully worked Chardonnay.
What does it taste like?
With all that work, the Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay delivers an intriguing mouth full of silky textured fruit. There is no hiding that this is a spicy dry white wine with all the hallmarks of Margaret River Chardonnay.
It has layers of fruit from peach to more a tropical melon, almost in the pineapple ripeness realm. Then comes the vanilla cream and spice from that partial oak ferment as well as that bâtonnage. The wine is held together though, by a still slightly firm acid. A savoury finish then lingers with vanilla and stonefruit.
Enjoy this wine while it is still youthful.
What to drink it with?
This would be an excellent match with almond crusted white fish or chicken, or a grilled chicken salad. Furthermore, it also works well with a creamy fish pie, or a creamy pasta. Undoubtedly, this is really quite versatile.
Quickie review « Chardonnay from Margaret River that unquestionably has a polished creaminess to the fresh fruit. »
Country of Origin: Margaret River, Australia
Tasting Date: October 2023
Price: UK £14 | AUD$30 |USD$15++
Drink: now – 3 years
Needs food: no
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