Flint Rock Shiraz 2016

The more continental and cooler climes of the Great Southern are favoured for the growing of Flint Rock Shiraz. In the Frankland and Mount Barker sub regions, where Shiraz reigns, the wines display a great intensity of dark fruits with traces of spice, earth and soft tannins. Each sub region adds its own complexity, due to the soils, aspects, clones and microclimates unique to the respective sites. The Howard Park winemaking team draws upon traditional winemaking methods and the use of fine grain French oak to craft a layered, flavoursome and complex wine.

Tasting Notes

Deep and dense garnet in appearance. Lush plums and black cherry fruit seasoned with pepper, spice, vanilla and mocha greet the nose.  On the palate the wine is dense and redolent of blackberry, plum and cherry, laced with liquorice and cocoa. The mouthfeel and texture of the wine is rich, velvety and supple. 

Food Pairing

Try something different by matching Howard Park's Flint Rock Shiraz with a potato and chorizo omelette! 
Production Info
Vineyard name
Fig Tree Vineyard
Vineyard size
88 acres
Soil composition
Gravel and Clay-Loam
Training method
VSP
Elevation
500 feet
Vines/acre
746
Yield/acre
2.0 - 2.4 tons
Exposure
Northern
Year vineyard planted
1998
Harvest time
March
First vintage of this wine
2010
Bottles produced of this wine
31,249
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Shiraz
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
20% New, 80% Used
Length of alcoholic fermentation
7 - 10 days
Fermentation temperature
68 - 82 °F
Maceration technique
Punchdown and Pumpovers
Maceration length
7 - 21
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels and Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container
225L and 300L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
15 months
Certifying Organizations
Winemakers Federation of Australia's Entwine initiative
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.6 %
pH level
3.6
Residual sugar
0.7 g/L
Acidity
5.9 g/L

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