2013 Howard Park Flint Rock Shiraz

  •    2013 Howard Park Flint Rock Shiraz

    2013 Howard Park Flint Rock Shiraz 13-FRO-SHXX-DOM12

    Wine overview

    • Variety
      100% Shiraz
    • Region
    • Cellaring
      Now and over the next 5 years.

    The 2013 vintage in the Great Southern was the latest in a succession of vintages that since 2007, have rated between good and great. During this lucky 7 year period, Western Australia’s viticultural regions have experienced dry and warm to hot weather from late spring until mid-autumn. With soil moisture very low, the cooler south facing vineyard sites did receive some reprieve off the southern ocean. Warmer than average conditions accelerated ripeness and allowed red varieties to be harvested earlier. The wines produced from the 2013 vintage are full of bright fruit flavours, good acidity and ripe tannins.


    “Mid-weight, clean and fruit-driven but with just enough earthen/dried spice input to keep it from seeming simple. Beautifully balanced. Will tick over in an unfussed manner for many a good year.”
    92  points
    James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2017
    “Howard Park’s Flint Rock Shiraz hasn’t put a foot wrong over the past few years.
    This release has drinkability written all over it. It isn’t the deepest or darkest wine but there’s plenty of black cherried fruit and the accompanying slips of nutty chocolate, dry spice and clove mean that complexity/interest isn’t in question. Mid-weight red, done well.”
    91 points
    Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    Technical Notes

    Vineyard: The Flint Rock Shiraz is an annual selection from individual vineyard blocks located in Frankland River and Mount Barker. For the 2011 wine fruit was sourced primarily from Block 8 of the Lange Vineyard in Frankland and the Figtree Vineyard in Mount Barker. The predominant soils are lateritic gravelly/sandy loams over granite. Yields are low to moderate. The different micro-climates in these sub-regions and individual vineyards help to build complexity by adding complementary characteristics to the wine – Frankland is renowned for ripe fruit and structure while Mount Barker contributes elegance and savoury nuances. The predominant soils are lateritic gravelly/sandy loams over granite. Yields are low to moderate.

    Winemaking: Harvest of the 2013 Flint Rock Shiraz occurred from late March to early April. Vinification in small open vat fermenters and gentle cap management, facilitates the extraction of fine fruit tannin and strong varietal flavour. Oak maturation is for 15 months in a combination or new and old, mostly French oak finished with a light dusting of American.


    Alcohol: 14%

    pH: 3.6

    Acidity: 5.8 GLT

    Residual Sugar:  0.7 G/LT

    Tasting Notes

    Appearance: Deep and dense garnet.
    Aroma: Lush plums and black cherry fruit seasoned with pepper, spice, vanilla and mocha.
    Palate: Dense fruit weight of blackberry, plum and cherry, laced with liquorice and cocoa. The mouthfeel and texture of the wine is rich, velvety and supple.
    Food Ideas: Potato and chorizo omelette.

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    Now and over the next 5 years.

    Food Ideas

    Potato and chorizo omelette.


    Vintage Award
    2013 Silver Medal - San Francisco International Wine Show
    2010 Bronze Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show


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    92 Points - Halliday Wine Companion 2017


    Silver Medal - 2015 Qantas Wine Show

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    $28.00 per bottle (inc GST)
    RRP: $28.00