2012 Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
94/100 ★★★★½ "This is one of those great Australian wines that asserts quality and personality at a price that defies belief..."
Vintage: 2012 was a cold, wet vintage in Mudgee, with harvest later then we have experienced for many years. We had around 180mm of rain in February, with high temperatures in the mid-20s, and lows in the single-digits. It was the kind of season where grapes are often picked unripe in a rush to beat disease resulting in green, astringent tannins and thin, weak wines. A combination of hard work in the vineyard, patience and courage, allowed us to get the grapes fully ripe and the tannins just right for beautifully elegant, structured wines.
Vineyard / Winemaking: The 2012 Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine made from using grapes from Block 9, situated in the north-western corner of the property. The block was planted in the early 1970s on alluvial soils, around 25 metres lower than Block 3, and a kilometre away.
The grapes are harvested two weeks later than the Block 3 Cabernet, so are riper. The yields are still low, at between two to three tonnes per hectare, allowing good flavour development and ripeness, particularly during such a season.
Aroma: Spice, black fruit and herbaceous notes make for a varietal and typically complex Huntington nose, and this wine is as clean and clear as they come.
Palate: In mouth a vibrant palate with super fine almost fluffy tannins giving a firm but subtle structure and great length. Lovely dark fruit persists in mouth.
Cellar: Cellar for 20 year +.
Drink with: Delicious now with roast lamb.
96/100 "For me this wine is at a peak; the fruit has dried, but far from gone. The character of mature wine is emerging with its reach is long and the flavour delves deep. 96 points and it must be the best bargain around. A case for drinking over the next year will be a good investment in pleasure." Key Report on Wine, Tony Keys, June 2017
95/100 "The classic Italian-like Mudgee aromas with menthol, thyme, and dark cherry fruits with the ripe complexity of Mudgee cabernet well backed by quality oak. Classic age worthy style. The is refined wine,... fine long age worthy tannins with classic cassis cranberry fruit flavours and shares the Margaret River capacity for power and finesse. Rob Geddes MW.
94/100 ★★★★½ "This is one of those great Australian wines that asserts quality and personality at a price that defies belief. The wine looks incredibly youthful despite its five years of age. The fruit is plush and delicious, the mid-palate is fleshy, and the acidity and tannins are integrated. There is also an intriguing, appealing rusticity to this wine. It is a single vineyard wine of character and place, which delivers a solid and satisfying red wine experience." The Real Review, Buy of the Week, Toni Paterson MW, Apr 2017
93/100 "... Molasses, chared oak, eucalypt, back up the fruit which I would expect from a good aged Cabernet. The tannins dry things out beautifully. They are as powdery as licking the top of a flour dusted bread roll and evenly coat the tongue all the way to the back." The Wine Smith, June 2017
93/100 "...Everything is in alignment delivering oceans of pleasure..." QWine, Sept 2017
92/100 "This wine has benefited from time in bottle with an integrated nose that brings together briny blackberry fruit, undergrowth and a suggestion of oak spice. Crunchy earthen tannin and precise acidity define the wine with sullen dark plum thats wrapped in leather and given a subtle chocolate note on the mid palate. There is an array of mulberry, blackberry with lingering oak spice that gives structure to finish. Drinking beautifully now and over the medium term. Optimal Drinking: 2017 - 2027" The Wine Reviewer, May 2017
90/100 "Classic Cabernet, unmistakably so: has that just ripe cassis/mulberry at its heart, surrounded by a leafy tobacco and bay outer, a suggestion of green olive skin. Carries an elegance, bordering on lightness. Good carry of fine tannin, persistent in the way that it coats the mouth. In many respects gentle, as it ebbs across the back palate. Enjoyable."The Vinsomniac. June 2017
90/100 "The 2012 ripening season was cold and wet in Mudgee. In that light, they’ve done very well here. There’s nothing green, mean or overly lean about this. It’s not a big wine but it’s ripe and well formed, with mulberry, blackcurrant, milk chocolate and leafy flavours floating pleasantly through the mouth. Tannin is fine and well integrated. Hints of tobacco are positives. It’s an elegant cabernet, very Huntington Estate in many ways, with a jungle of aromas and a general sense that it will mature well over the mid term, if not longer.” The Winefront, Campbell Mattinson, April 2017
"Let's be blunt: neither the region nor the grape variety are particularly trendy at the moment, it seems that everyone's far more interested in natural wines made by beardy hipsters in the Adelaide Hills. So this fantastically dark, blackcurrant-rich, firmly tannic, deeply earthy and eminently cellarable red flies almost completely under the radar, and it comes with a ludicrously low price tag. All of which is musk to the ears of a cabernet loving bargain hunter." Gourmet Traveller Wine, Max Allen, Sept 2017
"Capsicum, clove, graphite, tomato sugo and blackberry fruit. On the palate: fleshy blackberry, mulberry and a stalky note before Rum And Raisin chocolate characters. Medium bodied but still kicking with a bit of heat: a definite product of the vintage that finishes with fine tannins that have started to integrate well. The wine is mature and while there’s potential a few more years to go but I’d be drinking this sooner rather than later to enjoy a just-right aged Cabernet." Vinonotebook, Regan Drew, July 2017
"Letting this wine mature for five years before release is a huge plus and a rarity these days. The investment has been clearly repaid with its medium-bodied flavour, balance and structure coming together impressively to raise the quality bar several pegs for this established Mudgee producer." Sunday Telegraph, John Fordham, June 2017
"Dark brooding colour leads to a fragrant wine still packed with varietal & regional characters belying its age. The combination of grippy tannins & mid palate warmth [14.3% Alc] carries the vinous complexity across the palate to an astringent finish. An ideal winter warmer." The Grape Hunter, Gilbert Labour, May 2017
"I first visited the winery 30+ years ago and at that time I was impressed with the wines . I still am, given the quality of this wine. It has elegant gentle aromas, a good mouthful of flavours with a tight but not grippy finish that lingers. It is a smooth medium bodied wine that is ready to be enjoyed now- How good is it to have a 5 year old current release wine!! OH YUM!!!" Wine Assist, Dan Traucki, May 2017
"Mudgee produces some great wines, particularly cabernet sauvignons and semillons. One of the best cab savs comes from Huntington Estate vineyards..." Queensland Times, Peter Chapman, may 2017