2013 Howard Park Riesling 1.5L Magnum

  • 2013 Howard Park Riesling 1.5L Magnum

    2013 Howard Park Riesling 1.5L Magnum 13-HOW-RIXX-DOM3M

    Wine overview

    • Variety 
      100% Riesling
    • Region 
      90% Mount Barker, 10% Porongurup - Great Southern
    • Cellaring
      More than ten years.

    Howard Park Wines was launched in 1986 with the release of the 1986 Howard Park Riesling, since this inaugural vintage, the style and philosophy of the Howard Park Riesling has remained unchanged and is the benchmark for Howard Park and the Great Southern regional expression. The focus being to source the most pristine Riesling from premier vineyards in the Great Southern region of Western Australia to produce a wine showcasing the best of this variety from this isolated region ideally suited to Riesling.

    The wine is selected from only the best batches of free-run juice; these wines demonstrate great potential for slow ageing and the development of toasty complexity and greater mouth-feel.

    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

    "Some development in the colour is no issue, for it is tinged with green; the bouquet and fore-palate have ripe lime fruit to the fore, then crisp, minerally acidity balances and lengthens the palate, boding well for the future.”

    94 Points

    James Halliday, James Halliday's Wine Companion Magazine

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    Technical Notes

    The 2013 Season
    The Mount Barker and Porongurup regions began the growing season with just adequate soil moisture and catchment fill. Some very cool and blustery spring weather in November did impact flowering, set and early spring growth on exposed sites. Summer was punctuated with hot spells, which magnified the effects of little spring or summer rain. With soil moisture low, the south facing vineyard sites did receive some cooling breezes off the southern ocean.
    These hot and very dry conditions accelerated ripeness with sugar accumulation well in advance of flavour in late March.
    A vigorous deluge of between 25 to 60 mm of rain across the Great Southern in early April combined with cooling autumn temperatures slowed the red maturities and resulted in a late finish to the vintage.
    With yields below average, the wines produced from the 2013 vintage are full of concentrated fruit flavours, good acidity and fine ripe tannins. This vintage will be excellent for Chardonnay, Riesling and Shiraz.
    2013 has delivered Riesling with bold varietal fruit and tight linear acidity.

    The Sites
    The Great Southern Riesling is an annual blend of the finest cut of free juice from select vineyards in the Mt. Barker and Porongurup subregions of the Great Southern. Our Mt Barrow vineyard dominates the blend. This vineyard is planted on a south facing ridge-top with an elevation of between 285 to 370 m and a panorama that spans east to west where it is cooled by the breezes off the southern ocean.

    Harvest
    The harvest of the Riesling blocks on the Mt. Barrow vineyard occurred from 17th to 20th March within a Baume range of 11.0 to 11.7. The Porongurup blocks were harvested on 13th and 20th March at similar ripeness.
    All blocks were machine harvested in the cool of the very early morning.

    Winemaking
    Each vineyard block is vinified separately in stainless steel tanks. After settling bright, the free run juice is racked before a long and cold fermentation to preserve delicate, varietal fruit flavours. Blending occurs in June of the vintage year, with the objective of showcasing the typicity of each site in the final wine.


    Alcohol: 12%v/v
    pH: 2.97
    Acidity: 8.55 g.lt
    Residual Sugar: 1.3 g.lt

    Tasting Notes

    Brilliant and pale lemon yellow in colour with intense and lifted aromas of zested lemon/lime citrus and fresh pears. The palate is full of fresh citrus, nashi pear and golden delicious apple flavours that give depth and richness. Whilst defined by these rich fruit flavours, the palate is guided by a fine, citrus acidity that adds length and finish to the wine.

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    Cellaring

    In its youth, the Great Southern Riesling is bright in style, full of abundant fresh fruit, a tight citrus acidity. In time the wine will develop a nut praline and poached citrus and apple richness whilst retaining its linear acidity.
    Howard Park Rieslings will cellar for more than 10 years.

    Awards

    Vintage Award
    2013 Gold Medal - Canberra International Riesling Challenge
    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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    Reviews

    94 Points - James Halliday


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    Awards

    Gold Medal - Canberra International Riesling Challenge
    Silver Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show
    Silver Medal - National Cool Climate Wine Show
    Silver Medal - Hong Kong Wine & Spirit Competition

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    $85.00 per magnum (inc GST)
    RRP: $76.00