Chardonnay Mt Barker Margaret Western Australia
Since inaugural release, Howard Park Chardonnay has wowed wine judges and reviewers internationally. It was awarded Best White Trophy at the Tri-National Wine Challenge, Gold Medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and Blue Gold at the Sydney International, two years in a row. There is a measure of opulence which defines this statuesque wine, a modern barrel fermented style, elegant and sophisticated. A well rounded palate of mineral, citric and pear fruit characters, seasoned by savoury nut notes from the interaction with oak and lees.
From a select group of vineyards in Margaret River and the Great Southern which experience wonderful ripening conditions, yielding harvests of Chardonnay with exceptionally fine acidity. Grapes are hand picked and refrigerated overnight. Fruit is manually sorted to eliminate any damaged berries before a whole bunch press of the purest, most elegant, clean free runs into a selection of seasoned and new, French oak barriques, hogsheads and puncheons for fermentation by indigenous vineyard yeasts. A regimen of lees stirring battonage is followed by a course of malolactic and nine months maturation on gross solids. Components are assembled and treated to a minimal fining filtration. Alcohol 13.0%
Pale straw in colour with bright green hue at the rim. A defined bouquet of grapefruit and white nectarines with underlying hints of cashew nut and fresh oyster shell. Fermentation to indigenous yeast in French oak barriques provides a creamy texture with flavours of almond meal, honeyed apricots and fresh figs. A crisp acidity combined with some gun flint mineral complexities adds to this contemporary and sophisticated style.