2018

Howard Park Allingham Chardonnay

The Allingham is a selection from the best blocks of Chardonnay that grow on the south facing slopes of our Allingham vineyard in the Karridale sub region.

$32.00 /750ml

VARIETAL

100% Chardonnay

VINTAGE

2018

ALCOHOL

13%

VOLUME

750 mL

ACIDITY

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.80g/L

CELLARING POTENTIAL

BOTTLED

February 2019

Deeply and intensely aromatic, full of classic Chardonnay notes – citrus, fig,
honeysuckle, fuzzy peach, nougat, brioche, vanilla pod and wet stone.
Predictably, the palate is a world of layers, flavours and textures – pliable and full
of stone fruits, citrus, pear drop essence, nutmeal, and lemon curd. A soft chalklike texture and gentle acidity allows the flavours to build and linger. Never a wine
of extremes, the Allingham Chardonnay is always nuanced and full of subtleties,
surprise and harmony. Tasted June 2019.

The vintage of 2018 has delivered exceptional wine. Our challenge has been to
reign in the substantive fruit to create wines with style, finesse and authenticity,
whilst allowing the free expression of what nature has delivered. The growing
season saw a welcome return to favourable weather conditions more typical of
the past decade in the south west of Western Australia.
A compact vintage which commenced in Margaret River on 19 February with
Chardonnay and concluded on 19 April with Cabernet Sauvignon. So often the
very good vintages seem to lack extraordinary weather events and 2018 was such
a year. Good winter rains were followed by a temperate spring, then a moderate
to warm summer – a text book progression of seasons for the ideal vintage. With
veraison came the native marri blossom and a sigh of relief that the annual joust
with the native, resident birds would be a minor battle not a major war.
As summer relaxed into autumn, conditions remained fine. Yields were moderate
across all varieties and ripeness and flavour development were perfectly
matched. The early quality assessment of the 2018 vintage is excellent. White
wines are very pure, focused and concentrated while the reds show that same
purity of ripe berry flavours and supple, fine tannins.

Allingham Vineyard: Block 5. Location: Karridale, Margaret River.34.2039° S,
115.1402° E Soils: Shallow gravel and sandy clay loam over ironstone with variable
water holding capacity. Elevation 40m – 80m Aspect: south east to south west
Clone: Gin Gin or Mendoza.

All batches are handpicked and cooled overnight in vented crates before hand
sorting and whole bunch pressing to extract only the finest free run juice. After
minimal settling, the juices ferment naturally in a mix of French oak barriques and
puncheons ~ 40% are new. The separate parcels are matured on lees, in barrel for
9 months and may undergo malolactic fermentation. After blending, the wine
receives minimal fining and no filtration before bottling.

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