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2017 Howard Park Margaret River Chardonnay

2017 Howard Park Margaret River Chardonnay

'It is a striking chardonnay that manages to combine intense flavours with elegance and balance, and length inevitable given that start. A supremely beautiful wine.'

97 Points - James Halliday

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DESCRIPTION
  • The Howard Park Chardonnay is selected from their Allingham vineyard, located in the southern reaches of the Margaret River region between the hamlets of Witchcliffe and Karridale. This part of Margaret River is the Karridale sub region as proposed by Dr. John Gladstones. Here, the higher degree of cloud cover and prevailing southerly breezes of this cool maritime climate facilitate a long, gentle ripening and the full evolution of flavour and fine structure that define the region’s finest Chardonnay.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Each batch is handpicked around 12.5⁰ Be. The individual parcels of grapes are cooled, hand sorted then whole bunch pressed to extract the finest free run juice. After minimal settling, the juices are allowed to ferment naturally in French oak, of which 20% is new and composed of barriques, hogsheads and puncheons. Fermentation temperature is between 18⁰C to 22⁰C and the lees are stirred weekly from later in the fermentation until dry. The separate parcels are matured on lees in barrel for 10 months and a portion of each batch undergoes malolactic conversion. The wine was blended to tank and received minimal fining and filtration prior to bottling.

    Allingham Vineyard - Karridale, Margaret River
    Elevation: 40 - 80 M. Aspect: south east to south west.
    Soils: gravel and sandy clay loam over ironstone with variable water holding capacity.
    Clones: Gin Gin and Dijon

    TASTING NOTES

    This wine is classic contemporary Chardonnay. Fragrant field honey and citrus blossom, with peach skin, pear, nougat and nutmeal give a complex and seductive entrée. The palate’s fine citrus and stone fruits are deftly embellished with a cashew nut creaminess and a mineral savoury note, which add flavour, texture and drive. Fine grain French oak offers subtle support and the bright acidity, a fresh and long finish. A wine of subtle and infinite complexity that will reveal and evolve over time.

  • REVIEWS

    'This Iconic Chardonnay has the striking label that never seems to age. Mainly from the estate Allingham Vineyard in Margaret River, a small portion from the Mount Barrow Vineyard in Mount Barker. Bright, clear quartz-green, it is a striking chardonnay that manages to combine intense flavours with elegance and balance, and length inevitable given that start. The quality oak is hidden by the fruit, itself a shimmering blend of stone fruit and citrus joined at the hip. A supremely beautiful wine.'
    97 Points - James Halliday


    'It’s labelled Margaret River, but in keeping with the regional blending approach a small amount of the fruit is sourced from Mt Barker. Love the struck match flinty characters with the distinct minerality that cuts through the intense and concentrated palate. Stone fruit and meal with a grapefruit edge. One of the best yet from Howard Park.'

    96 Points - Ray Jordan


    'The wine is fresh and youthful, bright and still emerging, with attractive fruit of a nectarine, melon style. There's a subtle touch of smoky reduction, too: a struck-flint overtone which adds an extra layer of interest. Clean, dry and balanced. Intense and latent, it will build more complexity with a little time in the cellar. Very vibrant, fresh and lively - and already delicious to drink.'
    93 Points - Huon Hooke