Howard Park’s newest Wine Club exclusive range is “Arbor Novae” and celebrates a partnership with environmental charity Carbon Positive Australia. The new range became available on the 22nd of April, Earth Day. Chief Viticulturist David Botting says “the partnership with Carbon Positive allows us to extend our legacy beyond the fences of our vineyard and in doing so, helps secure a more sustainable future for all. Arbor Novae represents one new pillar of our sustainability ethos here at Howard Park and allows wine club members to enjoy unique and carefully crafted wines that reflect varietal diversity and vineyard character, whilst directly contributing to restoring our natural landscapes.”
The name Arbor Novae means “new trees” in Latin, and expresses Howard Park’s ongoing connection
with the trees that support the ecosystem of their own vineyards and then extend out into the majestic
Eucalypt forests of South West Western Australia with $1.50 from each bottle sold going to Carbon Positive’s tree planting and landscape restoration.
In a continuation of Howard Park’s support of WA artists, the Arbor Novae labels display original paintings by Fremantle artist Andy Quilty.
Margaret River Chardonnay from the Karridale in the south, lees stirred through malolactic fermentation in older French Oak and stainless steel for 10 months.
Howard Park, Arbor Novae, Chardonnay, Margaret River, 2019
Pale straw in colour. Cracked bulgur wheat, roast nut and egg shell lees work with soft stone fruit, rich citrus and butter wrapping. Broad and expansive opening stanza with rich mid palate benefiting from the lees work and malolactic fermentation. Firm, dry and serious finish with limey tang.
Rating: 18.25/20 (93/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Howard Park