Add this impressive vertical of Howard Park Leston Shiraz to your cellar, and enjoy two bottles each of the 2011, 2013, and 2016 vintages from this eminent Margaret River winery. A drinkable portrait of ageability, you’ll save 33%.
The Shiraz fruit in this wine is sourced directly from its namesake vineyard nestled at the very heart of Margaret River, in the Wilyabrup sub-region. The parcels are only the very best picked from Leston, and demonstrate the wonderfully distinctive qualities of Margaret River Shiraz – full-bodied, fragrant, opulent, complex.
Together, these three vintages of Howard Park Leston Shiraz demonstrate the eminent ageability of reds from the region. From the fresh, fruit-filled youth of the 2016, to the decade-matured earthy depth of the 2011, follow the journey.
In this pack, you will receive two bottles each of the following wines:
Howard Park Leston Vineyard Shiraz, Margaret River 2011
Howard Park Leston Vineyard Shiraz, Margaret River 2013
Howard Park Leston Vineyard Shiraz, Margaret River 2016
Full, bright crimson-purple; a more powerful and complex wine than most prior Leston Shirazs; there is great depth to the black fruits, but strong tannins and 18 months in new and used French oak need to settle down. The balance of the wine is not in question, so its future is assured, but it needs time.
95 points, Wine Companion (January 2013)
Dense, chewy red with a texture that has the concentration of a wine made from old vines. Complex wine with layers of dark berry, spice and subtle earthy/savoury characters. This is a very impressive wine. It will age well.
95 points, The Real Review (June 2014)
The wine shows impressive sophistication and top-notch fruit concentration. The bouquet exhibits beautifully ripe dark plum and blueberry with elegantly infused cedar and mint chocolate notes. It's plush and velvety on the palate with fine texture and supple tannins.
94 points, Wine Orbit (March 2014)
Matured in new and second-use barriques for 18 months. Ticks every box: the colour very good, the bouquet an expressive mix of dark berry fruit and neatly folded oak, the medium to full-bodied palate with considerable flavour and texture complexity, the purple and black fruits graciously allowing ripe tannins and oak the curtain call.
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2015)
It’s a savoury expression of the variety. It has plenty of cherry-plum fruit, an abundance even, but it’s smoky, graphite-like, clovey personality is the dominant impression. Meat and peppers, gun smoke and mineral. Reductive elements kick all these characters along. Chocolatey oak, dark and slightly bitter, but subtle. Positive. This is a beauty. If you like the style.
94+ points, The Wine Front (July 2015)
Fresh crimson-purple hue; a cleverly made wine, fruit, oak and tannins all employed on the journey from the bouquet to the finish and aftertaste. Blackberry, plum and mocha do most of the work, licorice and spice watching on from the sidelines. Plush mouthfeel is an ode to the soft but persistent tannins.
94 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.