2016 Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay

  • 2016 Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay

    2016 Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay 16-MIA-CHXX-DOM12

    Wine overview

    • Variety
      100% Chardonnay
    • Region
      100% Margaret River
    • Cellaring
      Now and over the next few years.

    The most critical site selection is applied to vineyard sites for growing Miamup Chardonnay. Each location adds to the complexity of the wine due to the soils, aspects, clones and microclimates unique to the respective sites. Applied to this rich collection of choice, is the skill and enthusiasm of our winemaking team that draws upon traditional winemaking methods and the use of fine grain French oak to craft a layered, flavoursome and complex wine.


    "This five-star Margaret River winery is a chardonnay specialist and this beaut mid-range wine will certainly get you hooked before you set off to explore other jewels in the crown. Delectable pear/peach flavours bounce merrily across the palate, helped by finely gained French oak. A topnotcher."

    John Fordham | From the Vine, Sunday Telegraph 18.12.2016

    Technical Notes

    Vineyard: Sourced from the southern reaches of the Margaret River region, to capture regional, varietal character and maintain fine natural acidity. A mixture of clones including Gin Gin, the American and French are available to select from across our sites.

    Vintage: Across the temperate south west of Western Australia, the winter of 2015 was typically dry and mild yet sufficiently wet enough to fill catchments. The spring, less blustery than preceding years and the start to summer, warm to hot. All in all, a promising start.
    As summer progressed, the early warmth suggested a rapid fire, short vintage. Then in the third week of January, this prediction was derailed by a significant (65 to 90 mm in one day) and unprecedented deluge. The rain proved to be more of a blessing than a curse due to the dryness of the soil profile and the timing of the event.
    With verasion well advanced in late January, the native marri bloomed throughout the region, keeping the birds otherwise occupied, a complete about – turn to 2015. The “bird pressure” as we call it, has a significant impact on quality, quantity and stress levels in any vintage. The remainder of the vintage progressed with little weather distractions.

    In summary, the quality of the 2016 vintage is very good and the quantity close to average. The highlight wines of the vintage are Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Winemaking: All the individual vineyards that contribute to Miamup Chardonnay are vinified separately. Each batch is hand-picked at between 12.2 to 12.5ºBe and cooled over night before sorting and whole bunch pressing to extract the free run juice.
    Fermentation and malo-lactic occurs in a combination of new and older French oak. Temperature of fermentation is controlled between 18ºC to 22ºC and the lees are stirred regularly from the end of fermentation and throughout the malo-lactic. After 9 months in barrel, the wine is blended to tank then fined and filtered before bottling.

    Alcohol: 13% v/v

    pH: 3.3

    Acidity: 7.3 g.lt

    Residual Sugar: 0.6 g.lt

    Tasting Notes

    A wine bouncing from the glass with fresh and rare fruit notes of mixed citrus , melon, peach and apricot. These primary aromas are subtly enhanced with caramel and vanilla spice, adding complexity, excitement and anticipation. The palate exudes fleshy primary fruits, layered with nutmeal, lemon butter and brioche. A chalky, mineral texture and fresh citrus acidity continues the bounce.

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    Now and over the next few years.

    Food Ideas

    Blue swimmer crab with a dill mayonnaise for dipping or double cream brie on water biscuits


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