2012 Huntington Estate Shiraz
Vintage: 2012 was very cold and wet – 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, and patience and courage from the winemaker however, allowed us to get the grapes fully ripe and the tannins perfect for beautifully elegant, structured wines. The acid / pH balance, astringency and alcohol levels will preserve the fruit for longer than a normal year.
Vineyard / Winemaking: Estate Grown – from Blocks 10, 13, 18, 19 & 2b and 1 all around 13 Baumé (except block 10 at 14). Part cold-soaked (to better extract primary flavours), part made in the traditional way. 30% new oak, mix of French and American for 16 months then bottle aged.
Description: Elegant, harmonious and complex.
Aroma: Attractive fruit, blackberry, black plum, well balanced with vanilla from the oak.
Palate: Beautiful fruit and oak well balanced, good length, soft, good grippy tannins, full bodied.
Cellar: Cellar for 15 years+
Drink with: Big full-flavoured red meat dishes.