2016 Howard Park Chardonnay

  • 2016 Howard Park Chardonnay
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    2016 Howard Park Chardonnay 16-HOW-CHXX-DOM12

    Wine overview

    • Variety
      100% Chardonnay
    • Region
      46% Mount Barker, 54% Margaret River
    • Cellaring
      Over the next 5 years.

    Howard Park’s award winning Chardonnay is handcrafted from grapes sourced from the cool climate region of Western Australia’s Great Southern. The cool growing conditions produce highly flavoured and tightly structured Chardonnay grapes from which only the best free run juice is selected each vintage to become part of the Howard Park Chardonnay. The juice selected is placed on French oak barrels with a percentage of the barrels lees stirred for period determined each vintage to enhance the savoury textural characters. The remaining barrels are sulphured to preserve the delicate flavour and structure of the Chardonnay and to restrict the occurrence of malolactic fermentation.

    The Howard Park Chardonnay is a modern style of Australian’ barrel-fermented Chardonnay: elegant, lean and sophisticated. This wine displays mineral, citric and pear fruit characters with some savoury and nutty notes from the interaction of oak and lees. The Howard Park Chardonnay will enormously reward those that are patient enough to cellar this wine. It will develop wonderful secondary characters after about a year and will drink well for five years.


    "Faint on the nose but comes alive around half way across the palate, the flavours then become complex and some are intense, it’s a wine still in youth so a mean 93 now but more will come as it develops"

    93 Points 

    Tony Keys, The Key Report

    “Wild yeast, barrel fermented chardonnay from the Margaret River and Great Southern regions. Generous style. Ample flavour and aroma. Pineapple, peach, pear and fennel character and plenty of them. Sweet oak croons over the top. Citrussy acidity, infused with grapefruit, races through the finish. It will age but it's ready to go now.”
    91 Points

    Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    Technical Notes

    The Howard Park Chardonnay is selected from two vineyards, our Mount Barrow vineyard in Mount Barker and our Allingham vineyard in Margaret River.
    Mount Barrow is dedicated to growing Chardonnay for still and sparkling wine. The unique attributes of this site include an elevation of 380M and a panorama of vineyard aspects from north to south facing. It is planted to the Chardonnay clones of Dijon origin.
    The Allingham vineyard is located in the cooler, southern sub region of Karridale, where a great degree of cloud cover and cooler breezes prevail over the ripening period. The aspect is south and the original plantings are Gin Gin clone.

    Vintage 2016

    Vintage at Burch Family Wines is a protracted event which commences each February and concludes in April. It is a time of frenetic activity, excitement and lots of weather watching, the closer one gets to harvest. During this annual progression of the seasons, the quality and style of each vintage evolves.

    The 2016 vintage in the Great Southern commenced on 6th February and concluded on 10th April and in Margaret River, vintage commenced on 15th February and finished on 12th April. It was the first year that all of the Great Southern harvest was made at the Margaret River winery.
    In both the temperate and cool regions of the south west, the winter of 2015 was mild with sufficient rains to replenish catchments. The spring, less blustery than preceding years gave way to a hot start to summer. When verasion began, in late January, the native marri blossom was abundant in Margaret River yet curiously absent in the Great Southern, a complete about – turn to 2015. The “bird pressure” as we call it, does have a significant impact on quality, quantity and stress levels. As summer progressed, the weather conditions between our two premium grape growing regions began to diverge.

    The Great Southern spent the vintage period in and out of humid on- shore streams with the resultant rainfall to April , twice the average. Margaret River did experience a significant and unprecedented deluge in late January, which in hindsight, was more blessing than curse, due to the dryness of the soil profile and the timing of the event. The remainder of the vintage period throughout Margaret River progressed with ease and little weather distractions whereas the Great Southern was peppered with annoying rains, humidity and birds.

    In review, the quality of the 2016 vintage ranges from good to great across all varieties, thanks to the diligent efforts of our vineyard team to select only the best grapes under sometimes, challenging circumstances.


    Fruit & Juice Handling: Each batch is handpicked around 12⁰ Be. The individual parcels of grapes are cooled, hand sorted then whole bunch pressed to extract the finest free run juice. After minimal settling, the juices are allowed to ferment naturally in French oak, of which 20% is new and composed of barriques, hogsheads and puncheons. Fermentation temperature is between 18⁰C to 22⁰C and the lees are stirred weekly from later in the fermentation until dry. The separate parcels are matured on lees in barrel for 9 months and a portion of each batch undergoes malolactic conversion. The wine was blended to tank and received minimal fining and filtration prior to bottling in November 2016.

    Alcohol: 13% v/v

    Acidity: 6.5 g.lt

    pH: 3.25

    Residual Sugar: 0.6 g.lt

    Tasting Notes

    Crystalline bright with a lemon skin colour. Laced with aromas of honeysuckle and citrus blossom, peach skin, pear essence, vanilla and nougat. The palate is rich in summer and citrus fruits, yet restrained by a chalky/mineral thread that provides texture and drive. Subtle support from fine grain French oak adds further complexity. A bright lemon acidity gives length and finish to the wine.

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    A wine with boundless subtleties of flavour, complexity and style that will age elegantly over the next 5 to 7 years.



    Vintage Award
    2012 Gold Medal - The Drinks Business
    2012 Bronze Medal - Royal Hobart Wine Show
    2012 Silver Medal - Hong Kong Wine & Spirit Competition
    2012 Silver Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    2012 Silver Medal - Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show
    2012 Bronze Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show
    2010 Blue-Gold/Top 100 - Sydney International Wine Competition
    2010 Gold Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show
    2010 Silver Medal - Decanter Asia Wine Awards
    2009 Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
    2009 Blue-Gold/Top 100 - Sydney International Wine Challenge
    2009 Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge
    2009 Bronze Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards
    2009 Bronze Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2007 Gold Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2007 Silver Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show
    2007 Bronze Medal - Perth Royal Wine Show
    2006 Gold Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2006 Gold Medal - Sydney International Wine Challenge
    2006 Silver Medal - National Cool Climate Wine Show
    2006 Bronze Medal - Chardonnay du Monde
    2006 Bronze Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show
    2005 Blue-Gold/Top 100 - Sydney International Wine Challenge
    2005 Silver Medal - National Cool Climate Wine Show
    2005 Bronze Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show
    2005 Bronze Medal - Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show
    2004 Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
    2004 Bronze Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition
    2003 Bronze Medal - International Wine & Spirits Competition


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