The Parker Reviews

Howard’s Folly 2006 Blend of Syrah, Alicante, Bouschet and Touriga National

Deep garnet coloured. Earthy aromas of underbrush mushrooms and damp loam over espresso, tar, prunes and dried cherries plus a whiff of liquorice. Medium acid and low to medium level of chewy tannins, plenty of savoury fruit med-full body long finish.

Howard’s Folly 2007 Blend of Syrah, Alicante, Bouschet and Touriga National

Deep garnet colour, Slightly reduced tar and rubber aromas over blackberry, black cheer, tree bark truffles and anise plus some yeast extract. Crisp acidity with a low to medium level of chewy tannins, just enough fruit and a long finish. Nice balance and purity.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown: Master of Wine and Robert Parker’s representative in Singapore

JAIME GOODE’S WINE BLOG (AKA THE WINE ANORAK) – Howard’s Folly 2006 Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal.

A blend of Syrah, Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional, made by Portuguese-resident Aussie winemaker David Baverstock It’s a deep-coloured wine with a seductive nose of sweet dark fruits and nicely integrated oak. The palate is broad and sweetly fruited with nice density and some freshness. Ripe, full and generous; made in a modern, new world style but it seems to me that this is still retaining a sense of Portugueseness (albeit only just). 89/100 (£8.95 UK agent Charles Hawkins)


[Howard’s Folly is] a blend of Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet and Syrah made under the supervision of flying Australian winemaker David Baverstock in the Alentejo. Intensely flavoured yet smooth and stipple, it is a fine match for Moroccan spiced lamb or tagine.

MATTHEW JUKES – REVIEW – A perky red for outdoor entertaining.

When the summer eventually arrives (ignore that blip of scorching weather in April and the recent down-pours), and we all manage to venture outside for a bit of al-fresco excitement, you will inevitably search for the perfect ‘session’ red and matching white for entertaining and enlivening your pals. This week I am focusing on the red that will perform at the highest level and do the impossible, which is not drop the ball on lighter, barbecued chicken bits, but also step up to the plate when a mighty, pre-marinated steak (of some quality) hits the furnace and demands that the vinous accompaniment steps up to the mark. My chosen warrior is named after its creator – Howard. He told me, on a recent wine tasting trip to Hong Kong, where he resides, that he loves David Baverstock’s wines (a top-quality winemaker in Portugal – ex-Aussie) and he fancied making a wine for his pals to slot on all occasions. He commissioned this very wine!

Made from Syrah, Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional, and aged for a short, but crucial six months in French and American oak, you get perky spice, black fruit and wonderful juiciness in perfect harmony. It’s inexpensive and Howard should rename it Howard’s Result, as that’s what it is.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year

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