2012 Howard Park Flint Rock Shiraz 1.5L Magnum

  • 2012 Howard Park Flint Rock Shiraz 1.5L Magnum

    2012 Howard Park Flint Rock Shiraz 1.5L Magnum 12-FRO-SHXX-DOM3M

    Wine overview

    • Variety
      100% Shiraz
    • Region
      100% Mount Barker, Great Southern
    • Cellaring
      Now and over the next 5 years.

    2011 was an excellent vintage from the premium, southern grape growing regions of Western Australia. 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. The resulting red wines have definitive varietal expression, rich fruit power and fine tannins.

    Reviews

     “All that Frankland River/Great Southern perfume on show here – Chinese five spice, sage, chocolate and black fruit. Medium bodied, fleshy feel flush with powdery tannin, spice and black fruits with some twiggy leafy flavours in the mix. Chocolate. raspberry and spice on the finish. Will age, but my experience is that this style of Shiraz is best enjoyed in its flamboyant youth.”

    92 points

    Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

    “From the Great Southern region of WA, this shiraz offers ripe berry characters in a light veneer of spicy oak, with juicy flavours, balances by dry tannins.”

    91 Points

    Ralph Kyte Powell - The Age Wine Guide


    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 2011 Flint Rock Shiraz occurred in late March. Vinification occurs in small open vat and closed stainless steel fermenters with diligent cap management to extract fine fruit tannin and strong varietal flavour. Each vineyard block is retained and managed separately throughout vinification and maturation in order to build a grape and wine history of the vineyards over time. Selected vats are run to barrel at 2 to 3º Baume to capture new barrel characters from the final few degrees of fermentation. The remaining blocks are pressed at dryness to retain fruit vibrancy. Oak maturation is for 15 months in a combination of new and old French and American oak. The wine was blended in September 2012 after egg white fining and light filtration, and bottled in December 2012.

     

    Alcohol: 14% v/v

    pH: 3.55

    Acidity: 6.0g.lt

    Residual Sugar: 0.9g.lt

    Tasting Notes

    The colour is a rich and attractive dark crimson. Initially subtle on the nose with dominant aromas of dark cherry and raspberry, patience reveals intriguing hints of iodine, anise and smoked meats. The silky, medium-bodied palate displays elegance and balance – primary sour cherry and dark plum fruit characters are supported by hints of vanilla, white pepper and cola. Evident but unobtrusive tannin and supporting oak highlight the potential of this wine to build further complexity in the medium term.

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    Cellaring

    Now and over the next 5 years.

    Food Ideas

    Cantonese Roast Pork Belly.

    Awards

    Vintage Award
    2010 Bronze Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show

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    $61.00 per magnum (inc GST)
    RRP: $59.00