2015

Howard Park Flint Rock Shiraz

Current vintage: 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.

$32.00 /750ml

VARIETAL

100% Shiraz

VINTAGE

2015

ALCOHOL

14,5%

VOLUME

750 mL

ACIDITY

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.70g/L

CELLARING POTENTIAL

BOTTLED

May 2017

The name “Flint Rock” epitomizes the fine mineral structure and savoury elegance of wines
grown in the wildly remote and awesomely beautiful Great Southern region of Western
Australia. Our regional selection draws upon the varietal heroes of the 3 primary sub-regions;
Mt Barker, Porongurup and Frankland River to craft wines with regional typicity and
character. The continental, cool climate of the Great Southern is favoured for growing 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 guiding tannins.

Deep garnet in colour and smelling of luscious red plums and black cherries, deftly
seasoned with anise, cinnamon and mocha. Dense fruit weight of blackberry, plum
and cherry, laced with liquorice and cocoa. The mouthfeel and texture of the wine
is rich, velvety with finishing chewy tannins.
Tasted July 2017

The first signs of the approaching vintage began with budburst in the early spring
of 2014 as the vines shrugged off their winter dormancy. During this formative
period of growth, the weather conditions began to shape the vintage to come.
In the temperate climes of the south west of Western Australia, the preceding
winter provided adequate rainfall to start the season. As the earth gradually faced
more to the sun and spring uncoiled its impulsive nature, a warm, dry summer set
the stage for a promising outcome.
When verasion began in late January, the native marri blossom was abundant in the
Great Southern yet curiously absent in Margaret River. Another battle to be fought
as netting becomes an annual necessity to protect the valuable crop. The middle
autumn period, so often spotted with potential cyclonic fallout, produced
intermittent and lingering rain from mid to late March. This slowed the red harvest
and cooled the season.
Due to the weather, the 2015 vintage is a mix bag. Early varieties, Chardonnay,
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and some Shiraz have produced excellent wine while
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are good yet variable.

The Flint Rock Shiraz is a selection from Frankland River and Mount Barker.
Each sub region brings its own personality to the wine. Frankland is typical bold
and primary in fruit while Mount Barker is finer and more spiced. Tempered by
low rainfall and growing in lateritic gravelly, sandy loams of variable fertility and
water holding capacity, the vines are low to moderate in yield.

Harvest: late March 2015. Vinification in small open vat fermenters and gentle cap
management facilitates the extraction of fine fruit tannin and strong varietal flavour.
Oak maturation is for 15 months in a combination of new and old French barrels.

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