Burch Family Wines is one of Western Australia’s leading family-owned and operated wineries with an international reputation for crafting balanced and elegant wines of distinct regional character. They have two established wineries in Western Australia and have a number of great brands, of which we are tasting two: Howard Park and MadFish. They were inaugural members of Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW), a collective of twelve multi-generational family-owned wine producers founded in 2009. These families represent 17 wine-growing regions in Australia and 48 generations of winemakers. Their aim is the showcase the diverse range, iconic wines, regional character, and personality of Australian wine.
- Howard Park Miamup Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016: The temperate maritime region of Margaret River stretches a north to south distance of 100kms. Bound by oceans on three sides, subtle climatic and site differences exist over the five physiographic regions and fifteen diverse land form systems that comprise the region. From this diversity of locations an extensive array of varietal expressions in both Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon proliferate. This treasure trove of diversity and choice has allowed this multiple vineyard blend to thrive. Each vineyard block that contributes to this wine are vinified separately with special batches being hand-picked, whole fruit pressed, and fermented in oak to add complexity and texture. This wine has a pronounced nose of fresh citrus with gently warmed vanilla, apple, and touches of floral. The palate is full of fruit, with a nice richness and texture. This is a great patio sipper or will pair well with salmon. 87% Sauvignon Blanc & 13% Semillon
- MadFish Chardonnay 2016: An unwooded Chardonnay that is a blend of several regions across South Western Australia. Each region delivers fruit with different flavor profiles that contribute beautifully to the final blend. Again, each parcel is fermented separately to allow the winemakers the challenge each year of blending each batch to find the right balance of fruit weight and consistent style. This 100% Chardonnay has a pale straw color with a green hue tint. Melon, peach, and tropical fruit aromas meet a generous palate that boasts a full fruit punch and balanced acidity. A well rounded, bright, vivacious wine with juicy fruit freshness, a fine texture, and generous length. Enjoy with shellfish, salads, and light meals.
- MadFish Shiraz 2014: Australia’s signature grape! The 2014 growing season in the south west of Western Australia was favorable for the production of great wine. The resulting red wines show an abundant and rich array of varietal expressions which are layered and pure. This wine was fermented in stainless steel with pump-overs to aid in fruit and tannin development. It was aged in French and American barriques for 12 months to encourage development and structural complexity. The resulting wine is a rich garnet color with a generous nose of dark cherry, black & blueberry notes, and nice savory notes. It offers a variety of fruit on the palate – plum, cherry, berry – alongside chocolate note and nice supple tannins. It is a full-bodied wine that offers concentrated fruit that will develop into more complex aged characteristics. It will pair well with ribs, beef stew, sharp cheese, and venison. 100% Shiraz
- Howard Park Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: Margaret River is arguably Australia’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon grape growing region and Cabernet Sauvignon its greatest natural asset. Great Cabernet should be both perfumed and poised, and meticulous site selection is critical to capturing these key attributes. This 100% Cabernet is sourced from several select vineyards that endeavor to capture ripe fruit flavors, supple tannins and the distinctive perfume of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. The individual vineyard blocks that contribute to Miamup Cabernet are vinified separately. After fermentation on skins, the malolactic is conducted in tank prior to barrel maturation. Maturation occurs in our favorite French oak for 18 months. This length of time in oak allows for the thorough integration of oak and fruit tannins. This is a classic Cabernet with touches of mint, violet, dry herbs, and plenty of hedgerow fruit on the nose and the palate. It is fruity but with plenty of fine tannins to balance it out. This is a wine for meat, whether you are grilling a steak or spit-roasting a lamb!