2011 Howard Park Museum Release Riesling

  • 2011 Howard Park Museum Release Riesling

    2011 Howard Park Museum Release Riesling 11-HOW-RIMR-DOM12

    Wine overview

    • Variety
      100% Riesling
    • Region
      100% Mount Barker, Great Southern
    • Cellaring
      Pale straw in colour this wine exhibits citrus blossom, honey, and lime zest aromas. The beginnings of some aged characters are also emerging with hints of marmalade on toast and complex fusel notes. The palate remains fresh and lively with citrus, green apple and pear flavours, slatey minerality, chalky texture, and a taught acid backbone ensuring a bewitching persistence of flavour. Tasted Dec 2015.  Whilst drinking fantastically well now, the 2011 Howard Park Riesling will continue to mature and develop further complexing secondary characters for another 15-20 years under screwcap.

    The Riesling is one of two wines Howard Park has been making since we began in 1986. Since then it has grown to become one of the most collected Rieslings in Australia. This museum release is the same as the original 2011 Howard Park Riesling release. We appreciate that it is often difficult to store & drink aged wines so each year we have held a portion of this wine in our warehouse in ideal conditions to demonstrate the complexity that this variety offers over time.

    Howard Park’s Great Southern Riesling is consistently rated as one of Australia’s best Rieslings. It is listed as Australia’s 4th most collected Riesling from a survey conducted by Wine Ark out of 3 million bottles of wine in cellars across the country. It also has a longstanding track record of being noted as ‘Outstanding’ in James Halliday’s annual Wine Companion.

    Reviews

    Free-run juice was cold-fermented, with Mount Barker and Porongurup components blended for the final product. One sure foot down the golden path to full maturity 2 or 3 years hence; the volume of the fruit bowl has already expanded, juicy citrus now with hints of honey.

    95 Points

    James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2017

    “ABV 12% made by Janice McDonald. Howard Park in the Margaret River, Western Australia is owned by Burch Family Wines, a member of Australia’s First Families of Wine.
    This 2011 Howard Park Riesling is an excellent example of an aged Riesling at its best. Its citrusy, concentrated bouquet tinged with a hint of nectarine leads to a complex, nuanced, well-rounded palate and satisfying mouth-feel. A textural wine with a mellow melange of integrated, soft lemon and lime overlaid with baked apple. It is supported by a fine acid leading to a clean, lingering finish and aftertaste.
    There are some excellent Rieslings coming from Great Southern of late, and this is one of them.”

    Wine of the Week

    Michael Hince, Heard it through the Grapevine No. 291 - 8th March 2016


    Technical Notes

    A warm and dry spring followed by a summer punctuated with perfectly timed rain events, was otherwise low in humidity. The autumn harvest period was dry and protracted with vintage conditions best described as on the warm side of perfect.
    Our white wines show an abundant and bold array of varietal expressions which are layered and pure.
    2011 has delivered Riesling with ripe fruit flavours and linear acidity.

    The fruit upon arrival at the winery was immediately processed to ensure the highest quality juice. Only free run juice, which is tighter and more finely structured as it has no phenolic character, is used for this wine.
    The highest quality batches earmarked for our top Rieslings showed intense aromatics, fine elegant fruit and great length. These select batches were cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain the delicate fruit flavours.
    Extensive, some say excessive, blending trials were carried out to produce a wine that is very elegant but still very powerful.

    Tasting Notes

    Pale straw in colour this wine exhibits citrus blossom, honey, and lime zest aromas. The beginnings of some aged characters are also emerging with hints of marmalade on toast and complex fusel notes. The palate remains fresh and lively with citrus, green apple and pear flavours, slatey minerality, chalky texture, and a taught acid backbone ensuring a bewitching persistence of flavour. Tasted Dec 2015.

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    Cellaring

    In its youth, the Great Southern Riesling is abundant in bold bright citrus fruit and tight acidity. In time the wine will develop a nut praline and poached citrus richness whilst retaining its tight acidity and chalky dry, citrus zest texture.
    Cellar for up to 25 years but be sure to enjoy the journey.

    Awards

    Vintage Award
    2016 Gold Medal - China Wine and Spirits Awards 2016
    2013 Gold Medal - Canberra International Riesling Challenge
    2013 Silver Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show
    2013 Silver Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show
    2013 Silver Medal - Hong Kong Wine & Spirit Competition
    2013 Silver Medal - National Cool Climate Wine Show
    2013 Bronze Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2012 Bronze Medal - Canberra International Riesling Challenge
    2011 Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
    2011 Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
    2011 Silver Medal - Riesling du Monde
    2010 Trophies (x2) - Perth Royal Wine Show
    2010 Gold Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2010 Silver Medal - Canberra International Wine Challenge
    2010 Blue-Gold/Top 100 - Rutherglen Wine Show
    2010 Bronze Medal - National Cool Climate Wine Show
    2010 Bronze Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show
    2009 Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
    2009 Bronze Medal - International Wine Challenge
    2009 Bronze Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2008 Trophy - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2008 Gold Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show
    2008 Bronze Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show
    2007 Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
    2007 Bronze Medal - International Wine Challenge
    2006 Gold Medal - National Cool Climate Wine Show
    2006 Silver Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show
    2006 Bronze Medal - Canberra International Riesling Challenge
    2006 Bronze Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2005 Trophy - Decanter World Wine Awards
    2005 Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge
    2004 Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Challenge

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    Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
    Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
    Silver Medal - Riesling du Monde

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