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Margaret River

2018 Howard Park Leston Shiraz

$227.94
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6 x 750ml
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Splendidly fruited and complex, the enticing bouquet shows blackberry, sweet cherry, subtle vanilla and hazelnut characters. It's equally gratifying on the palate offering plump mouthfeel together with delectable fruit flavours and a prolonged velvety finish. Read more
Critic Reviews
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96 POINTS
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit

Splendidly fruited and complex, the enticing bouquet shows blackberry, sweet cherry, subtle vanilla and hazelnut characters. It's equally gratifying on the palate offering plump mouthfeel together with delectable fruit flavours and a prolonged velvety finish.

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93 POINTS
Erin Larkin - Halliday's Wine Companion

Fruit from a blend of vineyards in and around Wilyabrup. Matured for 18 months in French oak (25% new). Dark and resinous on the nose here, the palate shows really brilliant concentration of flavour. The tannins have a cooling, minerally flow that shape the palate, making for really quite elegant drinking. There's a lot to like here.

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92 POINTS
James Suckling

A pretty nose of currants, brambleberries, cracked pepper, eucalyptus, olives and dried flowers. Medium to full body with fine tannins. Round and creamy with a velvety texture and a flavorful, peppery finish. Drink now. Screw cap.

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Technical Attributes
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Tasting Notes

Garnet in colour with a mouthfilling mix of black and red fruits; boysenberry, cherry plum, attractive leafy notes, hints of tobacco, spice and black olive. An elegant Shiraz from our Wilyabrup vineyard, powerful yet graceful, with fine tannin and a distinctive grained texture and flavour from 18 months maturation in a range of French oak barrels. A modern and beautifully balanced Margaret River Shiraz.

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Winemakers Note

The 2018 growing season saw a return to weather conditions more favourable and typical of the past decade in the south west of Western Australia. Our Margaret River vintage commenced on 19th February with Chardonnay and concluded with Cabernet Sauvignon on 19th April. Good winter rains were followed by a temperate spring, then a moderate to warm summer - a textbook progression of seasons for the ideal vintage. With veraison came the native marri blossom and a sigh of relief that the annual joust with the native resident birds would be a minor battle not a major war. As autumn progressed, conditions remained fine. Yields were moderate across all varieties and full ripeness and flavour development, concurrent. The early quality assessment of the 2018 vintage is excellent. White wines are exhibiting very pure and focused varietal notes while the reds show ripe berry flavours and supple tannins.
 

VINEYARDS
The wine was blended from a selection of the best batches of Shiraz grown on the Leston vineyard, which is located in the Wilyabrup locale of Margaret River. The soils in this vineyard are shallow lateritic gravels over sandy, clay loam.
 

WINEMAKING
Small parcels were hand-picked and all batches were sorted to remove matter other than grapes, before fermentation. Fermentation occured in open vat and closed stainless steel fermenters. Select parcels of wine were run to barrel between 2 & 3º Baume to capture new barrel characters from the final degrees of fermentation. The remaining blocks were pressed at dryness to retain fruit vibrancy. Each batch was matured separately in order to build a wine history over time. The wine was matured for a minimum of 18 months in new and older French oak barriques, hogsheads and puncheons. After a light fining and filtration, the wine was bottled.

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