2012 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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. Over time the wine will become softer and fuller, gaining flavour.
Vineyard / Winemaking: Fruit from Blocks 3 and 9 of the Huntington Estate vineyard were fermented in a wooden cuve; spent 17 days on skins and 21 months in French barriques (30% new).
Description: Varietal, exceptional.
Aroma: Deep purple in colour, the wine has eucalypt and herbaceous notes, capsicum finishing with elegant blackcurrant fruit with a hint of toasty vanilla from the oak.
Palate: Cassis is backed up by eucalypt characters. Elegant and smooth tannins are supported by lively acids. The palate is like velvet, with astringent and smooth components well balanced, and a long and fruity finish.
Cellar: Drinking beautifully now, will cellar for to 2036 if you can wait!
92/100 “A medium-bodied cabernet… there are friendly cassis notes, and the wine will open for business sooner than later. To 2027” James Halliday.
Drink with: Enjoy with Roast Pork (just make sure the crackling is up to it!).