I’m enjoying Howard Park’s exploration of Shiraz in the Great Southern. Fruit for this comes from both the Mount Barker and Frankland River subregions. Oak is more lightly applied here than in the case of the 2011 Scotsdale and the wine is more accessible.
Quite juicy. Dark cherries, lavender, pan juices, vanilla and anise on a foundation of granite. Interplay of savoury and sweet characters is bang on. The tug of tannin pulls that finish out a little longer. Bitter cocoa leaves a dusty trail. 92
Region: Great Southern
Tasted: June 2014