2018

Howard Park Mount Barker Riesling

Since its beginnings, Howard Park has made Riesling from the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia. Wines made of Riesling grapes are exceptionally revealing and critical of the environment in which they grow, and the human interactions engaged to create them. In order to ensure the quality of our Howard Park Mount Barker Riesling, each vineyard block is vinified separately in stainless steel tanks. After settling bright, the juice is racked before a long and cold fermentation to preserve the freshness and fine fruit flavours.

$32.00 /750ml

VARIETAL

Riesling

VINTAGE

2018

ALCOHOL

12%

VOLUME

750 mL

ACIDITY

PH

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.20g/L

CELLARING POTENTIAL

BOTTLED

May 2018

A brilliant, pale lemon in colour with a many and varied mix of fresh and poached fruit
notes. The lively citrus zest and green pear, the rich lemon curd and quince give great
dimension to the bouquet.
These same rich yet fresh flavours build on the palate which is textured with a soft, talcy
mineral note and driven by the line of fine citrus acidity.
This wine has distinct fruit notes, a warmth in its ripeness, length of flavour and finely
balanced acidity
Tasted December 2018

By comparison with 2017, the growing and ripening season of 2018 saw a return to weather
conditions more typical of the past decade in the grape growing regions of Western Australia.
The Great Southern vintage commenced on 9th March with Chardonnay for sparkling base
and concluded with Cabernet Sauvignon on 23rd April.
In the cool, continental climate of the Great Southern the winter of 2017 was sufficiently
cold and wet. The spring, less blustery and drier than preceding years, gave way to a warm and
consistent summer period. As summer passed and autumn began, the weather remained mild
yet dry.
The humid on-shore streams that bring drizzle and cloud cover in the early autumn did not
eventuate and the entire harvest was conducted in near perfect conditions.
With moderate yields across all varieties, full ripeness occurred with little delay to flavour
development.
An early quality assessment of the 2018 vintage suggests a very good to great outcome.
The whites are exhibiting very pure and focused varietal notes while the reds show ripe berry
flavours and supple tannins.

Mount Barrow vineyard – Mount Barker sub-region
Elevation: 285 to 370m. Aspect: south-east to south-west.
Soils: shallow sandy clay loam over ironstone with variable fertility and water holding
capacity.

Harvest – Mid to late March 2018
Each vineyard block is vinified separately in stainless steel tanks.
After settling bright, the free run juice is racked before a long and cold fermentation to
preserve freshness and fine fruit flavours.
After a light milk fining and filtration, the wine is bottled

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