Howard Park Wine has a rich family history, spans two wine regions, and boasts award-winning wines. Max Brearley sat down with the Burch family and chief winemaker Janice McDonald to discover the story behind the wine – from the chardonnay, to the cabernet, to the Jeté Méthode Traditionelle.
“There’s a duality that we like to exhibit all the time,” Natalie Burch tells me of the wines produced under the Howard Park Wine label; part of the larger umbrella of Burch Family Wines, that have had a foot in both the Margaret River and the Great Southern wine regions for decades now. Lined up in front of Burch and chief winemaker Janice McDonald are the signature wines produced under the Howard Park Wine label. Each distinctive, with a sense of place, they tell their own story.
“It started many years ago,” says Natalie Burch holding a glass of their Howard Park Grand Jete; a méthode traditionelle sparkling wine. “My father [Jeff Burch], he’s a pinot-lover and he goes to Burgundy every year. But one year he read this book on small producers of champagne that he bought in Harrods and he was just addicted. He just started door knocking all the champagne houses that he found in this book.”