94 points James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
"From Frankland River and Margaret River, small open fermenters with gentle cap management, matured for 15 months in new and used French oak. Bright, full crimson; these two subregions of Great Southern create an interlocking jigsaw puzzle. The fruit is bright and fresh, with black cherry, on lees and blackberry to the fore, perceptible French oak and tannins also adding their voices."
90 points Wine Enthusiast
"This Howard Park wine, from the cool-climate Great Southern region, is dubbed Syrah rather than Shiraz, to denote a fresher, more medium-bodied style. The Rhône influence is also present in the form of meat, dried roses, raspberry and cherry preserves, baked clay and a prominent but not overwhelming spiced oak note. The toasty barrel and alcohol can be felt a bit more on the palate, but there’s also plenty of delicate fruit and floral notes, gripped firmly by fine tannins."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The more continental and cooler climes of the Great Southern are favored for the growing of Flint Rock Shiraz. In the Frankland and Mount Barker sub regions, where Shiraz reigns, the wines display a great intensity of dark fruits with traces of spice, earth and soft tannins. Each sub region adds its own complexity, due to the soils, aspects, clones and microclimates unique to the respective sites. The Howard Park winemaking team draws upon traditional winemaking methods and the use of fine grain French oak to craft a layered, flavorsome and complex wine. Tasting Notes: Deep and dense garnet in appearance. Lush plums and black cherry fruit seasoned with pepper, spice, vanilla and mocha greet the nose. On the palate the wine is dense and redolent of blackberry, plum and cherry, laced with liquorice and cocoa. The mouthfeel and texture of the wine is rich, velvety and supple. Food Pairing: Try something different by matching Howard Park's Flint Rock Shiraz with a potato and chorizo omelette!