Shiraz Frankland River Western Australia
Howard Park's Scotsdale property is located at the foothills of the ancient Porongurup range. At 200 to 380 metres above sea level, it is among the highest vineyard sites in all Western Australia. The vines here are fastidiously maintained and gingerly nurtured with extraordinary attention to detail. Dividends arrive n the form of the most exceptional vintages in Frankland River Shiraz. Scotsdale 2000 was crowned by trophy at the Divine State of Origin, vintage 2004 claimed gold at the prestigious Great Australian Shiraz Challenge.
Scotsdale was acquired by Howard Park as a pastoral property, specifically chosen and planted to make a single vineyard wine. Shiraz is harvested according to flavour with little regard for analytical data. Fruit is vinified in open top fermenters and gently hand plunged, integral to tannin development and flavour extraction. Upon completion and some post ferment maceration, the musts are gently basket pressed to French oak barriques. A small component is pressed early to finish ferment in barrel, enhancing palate texture, complexity and infusion with oak. An extended maturation achieves full integration of oak and grape tannins, to be followed by assemblage and minimal fining filtration before bottling.
Dense, deep ruby colour. Bouquet of dark sweet plums, blackberries, liquorice, cracked black pepper and cocoa. The palate structure is concentrated and compact with intense berry fruits, hints of brushed earth and chalk, entwined with ripe grape and fine oak tannins. A pure and stylish cooler climate continental Shiraz from an outstanding vineyard.