Howard Park Leston Shiraz 2017

Leston Shiraz was the Burch family’s first Margaret River-based wine. At the time, it made a big statement about what an under-rated asset the grape was in the area, and about diversity. That message still resonates.

Leston Shiraz helped spread the word because it is a friendly, approachable kind of Shiraz, not full-blown and bossy, but melded by west coast ‘Mediterranean’ mild winters and warm – not hot – summers.

The 2017 retains the party line with signature blackberry intensity, a touch of sweet red fruits, high spice and a bright, sunny disposition. Like a few 2017 reds from that part of the world, there is a strong line of pepper running through the palate that will either hold great appeal for the drinker or not. It definitely brings an energy to the wine, but it can wear. Oak and tannins, on the other hand, are all together on the side of balance.

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