It’s early days for Howard Park’s venture into sparkling wines. They’re sourcing their grapes from the Great Southern region – Mount Barker in this case. Base wines are fermented in both stainless steel and used French oak. 98% Pinot Noir with a dash of Chardonnay. Eighteen months on lees and eight grams per litre residual sugar.
Rather primary and fruit sweet. Puff pastry notes in the background with strawberries and raspberries front and centre. Good flow, a bit of carry and no clumsy phenolics. Not much in the way of complexity but enjoyable nonetheless. 89
Region: Great Southern
Tasted: February 2014