Howard Park Margaret River Chardonnay

Howard Park Chardonnay 2018

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    13%
Howard Park Chardonnay is consistently a leading example of the modern style of Australian Chardonnay; barrel-fermented yet elegant, lean and sophisticated. The 2018 Howard Park Margaret River Chardonnay displays vibrant mineral, citrus and pear fruit characters with some savoury and nutty notes from the influence of quality oak and lees. While drinking superbly now, there's no doubt this will reward those patient enough to cellar it for a few years.

"94 Points. Elegant-but-powerful chardonnay out of Margaret River. Straight into excellent territory. Stonefruits and fennel, cedarwood and chalk. There’s a creaminess to the mouthfeel but there’s a minerally edge too; it slides, drives and cuts its way through to a long, impressive finish. Sure-footed, quality chardonnay. Tasted: Sep19 13% alc. $58 Screwcap Drink: 2020 - 2027" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

"This wine is classic contemporary Chardonnay. Fragrant field honey and citrus blossom, with peach skin, pear, nougat and nutmeal give a complex and seductive entrée. The palate’s fine citrus and stone fruits are deftly embellished with a cashew nut creaminess and a mineral savoury note, which add flavour, texture and drive. Fine grain French oak offers subtle support and the bright acidity, a fresh and long finish. A wine of subtle and infinite complexity that will reveal and evolve over time." - Howard Park Wines.

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Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
Howard Park Wines is Western Australia's largest boutique family-owned winery producing a range of handcrafted fine Australian wines from the state's premier grape growing regions of Margaret River and the Great Southern.

Since its inception in 1986, Howard Park’s philosophy has been to craft outstanding boutique wines of great subtlety, character, balance and elegance with an uncompromising commitment to quality.
Western Australia
Margaret River
The Howard Park Chardonnay is selected from our Allingham vineyard, located in the southern reaches of the Margaret River region between the hamlets of Witchcliffe and Karridale. This part of Margaret River is the Karridale sub region as proposed by Dr. John Gladstones. Here, the higher degree of cloud cover and prevailing southerly breezes facilitate a long, gentle ripening and the full evolution of flavour and fine structure that define the region’s finest Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes: A bold and exciting bouquet full of fresh Chardonnay; vanilla bean, lemon zest, nougat, minerals, bread dough, figs and stone fruits. Similarly the palate is rich, lively and texture with all these same beautiful elements. From time in fine grain French oak, the wine has acquired a subtle caramel and nutmeal complexity. The bright citrus acidity gives length and adds clarity to this flavour full wine.

Winemaking: Harvest - March 2018 Each batch is handpicked around 12.5⁰ Be. The individual parcels of grapes are cooled, hand sorted then whole bunch pressed to extract the finest free run juice. After minimal settling, the juices are allowed to ferment naturally in French oak, of which 20% is new and composed of barriques, hogsheads and puncheons. Fermentation temperature is between 18⁰C to 22⁰C and the lees are stirred weekly from later in the fermentation until dry. The separate parcels are matured on lees in barrel for 10 months and a portion of each batch undergoes malolactic conversion. The wine was blended to tank and received minimal fining and filtration prior to bottling.

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