Howard Park Leston Shiraz 2015

The Howard Park Distinguished Sites concept is designed to highlight the distinctive regional and site characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from the very best vineyard sites in the Margaret River and the Great Southern, the two premier West Australian grape growing regions.
 
Vinification occurs in both open vat and closed stainless steel fermenters with diligent cap management to extract fine fruit tannin and strong varietal flavor. Barrel maturation follows in 30 % new and 70% older barriques of which 95% are French oak and 5 % American oak. 18 months in oak, is ample time to achieve the thorough integration of oak and grape tannins.  After pressing, each batch is matured separately in order to build a wine history over time.

About the Vineyard

The wine was blended from a selection of the best batches of Shiraz grown on our Leston vineyard, specifically block 17 & 4, which is located in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River. The soils in this vineyard are shallow lateritic gravels over sandy, clay loam.

Tasting Notes

Generous aromas of black plums provide a luscious richness, complimented by the inviting mocha and cocoa notes of French oak. Hints of ginger, anise and pepper add elegance and spice.  Round in texture, the palate’s soft red berry fruits and plush mouthfeel is refreshed by chewy, vibrant tannins.
Production Info
Vineyard name
Leston Vineyard
Vineyard size
345 acres
Soil composition
Gravel and Clay-Loam
Training method
Spur and Cane Pruned VSP, Smart Dyson
Elevation
297 - 389 feet
Vines/acre
742
Yield/acre
2.4 - 3.2 tons
Exposure
Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
1996, 2010
Harvest time
March
First vintage of this wine
2002
Bottles produced of this wine
18,313
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Shiraz
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
30% New, 70% 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
Size of aging container
225L and 300L
Type of oak
95% French, 5% American
Length of aging before bottling
18 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.5 %
pH level
3.7
Residual sugar
0.7 g/L
Acidity
6.1 g/L

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