Howard Park Margaret River Miamup Chardonnay 2016

The most critical site selection is applied to vineyard sites for growing Miamup Chardonnay. Each location adds to the complexity of the wine due to the soils, aspects, clones and microclimates unique to the respective sites. Applied to this rich collection of choice, is the skill and enthusiasm of the Howard Park winemaking team that draws upon traditional winemaking methods and the use of fine grain French oak to craft a layered, flavoursome and complex wine.
 
Sourced from the southern reaches of the Margaret River region, to capture regional, varietal character and maintain fine natural acidity. A mixture of clones including Gin Gin, the American and French contribute to this wine. All the individual vineyards that contribute to Miamup Chardonnay are vinified separately. Fermentation and malo-lactic occurs in a combination of new and older French oak. Temperature of fermentation is controlled between 18ºC to 22ºC and the lees are stirred regularly from the end of fermentation and throughout the malo-lactic. After 9 months in
barrel, the wine is blended to tank then fined and filtered before bottling. 

Tasting Notes

Vibrant in appearance and pale lemon in colour.
An array of subtle and intricate notes of dried pear, honeysuckle, lemon /lime citrus oils, peach, minerals, nuts and caramel greet the nose. On the palate the wine is silky in texture with a lemon curd tart zest and richness. The talc-like minerality, fine acidity and guiding oak add length, definition and structure.

Food Pairing

Sublime with blue crab with a dill mayonnaise for dipping or double cream brie on water crackers.
Production Info
Vineyard name
Allingham
Vineyard size
120 acres
Soil composition
Gravel and Clay-Loam
Training method
VSP Spur-pruned
Elevation
132 - 264 feet
Vines/acre
889
Yield/acre
2.4 - 3.2 tons
Exposure
Northern / Southern
Year vineyard planted
1979, 2016
Harvest time
February - March
First vintage of this wine
2011
Bottles produced of this wine
28,347
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
99% Chardonnay, 1% Sauvignon Blanc
Fermentation container
Barrels
Age of Aging Container
30% New, 70% Used
Length of alcoholic fermentation
14 days
Fermentation temperature
63 - 72 °F
Malolactic fermentation
Yes / Partial
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Size of aging container
225L, 300L, 500L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
9 months
Certifying Organizations
Winemakers Federation of Australia's Entwine initiative

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