Howard Park's made great strides with white wine lately. To complement Western Australia's most iconic riesling, they also produce one of Great Southern's finest chardonnays and an emerging sauvignon blanc of some class.
Fresh and fragrant, Howard Park's 2007 Chardonnay opens to a fine interplay of sweet, nutty vanilla oak and ripe fruit aromas, with white peach, melon and citrus at the fore. Although a fraction broad and forward, its fuller palate delivers an even measure of mineral/lemon citrus and bready barrel ferment notes along a pleasantly creamy texture. It finishes a little loose without exceptional tightness, but should remain a fine drink over the shorter term.
ü With better shape, acid definition, length and focus; this generously proportioned, more savoury chardonnay would've been a classic. Drink to 2013.