Howard Park Great Southern Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from Australia - Western Australia
Review Date : 20-Apr-2015
Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth. This has a very tight and concentrated nose, with great clarity and focus of white stonefruit aromas complexed by penetrating, refined layers of gunflint reduction and minerals. Oaking is balanced and integral. Great intensity, depth and concentration on palate, reflecting the nose. Mineral purity from the sulphides, and matched by the rich stonefruit depth. The acidity is fresh and energises the wine, and this has considerable underlying drive. An excellent contemporary style with 6+ years ahead. Hand-picked fruit from Mount Barker, Porongurup and Denmark in the Great Southern area, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 30% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and partial MLF. 19.0/20 Apr 2015 RRP $52.95 Hand-picked fruit from Mount Barker, Porongurup and Denmark in the Great Southern area, WBP and indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 30% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and partial MLF. Bright, full straw-yellow colour with some depth, ligh golden hues on rim. The bouquet is full, powerful and densely packed with aromas of citrus fruit infused with layers of complexing flinty lees, background toasty oak and nutty detail. Medium-bodied and exuding elegance, finely concentrated and subtly rich and luscious flavours of citrus fruits, stonefruits and nuts form a deep heart. The mouthfeel is bright and energetic with fresh, balancing acidity, and the fruit extract provides power, drive and linearity. Oaking is sensitive and positive, and combines with flinty lees complexities, blossoming, adding interest and concentration. The flavours are long and sustained on the finish. This is a complex, concentrated and rich Chardonnay with great drive. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 6+ years. 19.0/20 Apr 2014 RRP $51.50

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