2019

Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay

The most critical site selection is applied to vineyard sites for growing Howard Park’s 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 our winemaking team that draws upon traditional winemaking methods to craft a layered, flavoursome and complex wine.

$32.00 /750ml

VARIETAL

100% Chardonnay

VINTAGE

2019

ALCOHOL

13%

VOLUME

750 mL

ACIDITY

RESIDUAL SUGAR

0.80g/L

CELLARING POTENTIAL

A critical selection is applied to our Margaret River vineyards 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 our
winemaking team that draws upon traditional winemaking methods and the
use of fine grain French oak to craft a layered, flavoursome and complex wine.

Whilst a little shy, even cryptic, the bouquet is delightfully complex with notes
of stone fruit, roasted hazelnuts, beurre bosc pears, pink grapefruit, patisserie,
honeysuckle and citrus blossom. The palate delivers great texture, flavour and
presence in a lively and light frame, with a fine balance of generous fruit,
subtle oak, and a refined mineral–like acidity. Immediately drinkable yet with
lots of nuance and layers of flavour and complexity that will reveal over the
next few years. Tasted January 2020 Janice McDonald.

As the substantially wet winter brought a close to the 2018 season, a mild and
wet spring heralded the start of 2019. The summer high pressure systems
associated with warm day time temperatures were struggling to impact, as
early growth was moderated by moist and cool conditions. Heat summation
comparisons over the vintages of the past decade did indicate a delayed start
to the vintage as the summer remained warm and devoid of heat spikes.
With yields looking low to moderate, optimism was winning the mental arm
wrestle over pessimism as vintage commenced in mid to late February at the
close of summer. The majority of white varietals were picked over a
protracted period from early to late March, in dry conditions. Some fungal
disease did proliferate which required an extra degree of care and attention at
harvest.
These moderate conditions continued through autumn as the reds began to
trickle in from mid-April. Rain in mid-April bothered the vines little yet bird
pressure and early autumn control burns remained imminent threats. For all
the trials and tribulations that vintage brings, the quality outcomes from 2019
are good. The whites have retained purity and vibrancy which is always a
signature of the slightly cooler years while the reds show a concentration of
flavour, elegance, definition and supple tannins.

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, American and French are available to select from
across our sites.

All of the individual vineyards that contribute to Miamup Chardonnay are
vinified separately. Each batch is hand-picked at between 12.2 to 12.5 ºBe and
cooled overnight before sorting and whole bunch pressing to extract the free
run juice.
Primary and malolactic fermentation 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 malolactic. After 7 months in barrel, the wine was blended
then fined and filtered before bottling.

Roast pumpkin salad
and crispy-skin chicken.

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