2013 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Shiraz
Vineyard / Winemaking: Elegant, harmonious, complex.
Aroma: Fruit-driven, with well-balanced aromas of blackberries, violets and a note of pepper.
Palate: The fruit is beautiful and intense. Soft, fine tannins give good grip, a long, smooth mouthfeel and a velvety finish.
Cellar: A subtle wine of substance drinking beautifully now, will age for a further 15+ years.
"95/100 Deep colour; there are enthusiastic contributions of fruit, oak and tannins; because these are all in balance, the Reserve classification makes eminent sense, underwritten by lovely, glossy black cherry and blackberry flavours running through the length of the palate." James Halliday
"95/100 Big, bold and full of ripe red fruits is a fitting description of this latest release from one of Mudgee's leading winemakers..." Morning Bulletin, Peter Chapman, Nov 2017
"95/100 This four-year old Mudgee red is just hitting its straps. These are wines with loads of fruit and tannin and savoury structure..." Frost on the Vine, Mike Frost, Nov 2017
"93/100 A deep red in the glass with a nose that has understated earth and charcuterie notes to blackberry and plum with the faintest touch of leather. Fruits continue to be on the dark side of the spectrum on the palate and meld with supple, savoury edged tannins. A chocolate richness adds another dimension to the finish, with a plushness of primary fruit that drives considerable length. Optimal Drinking: 2017 - 2025. More" The Wine Reviewer, Nov 2017
"91/100 Blackberry and black olive aromas, minty and ripe, with a bacon fat overtone and some signs of raisined, hot-year fruit. A massive wine, very full-bodied, concentrated and very firm. This needs a lot of time. Drink: 2012-2040." Huon Hooke
"Richly flavoured and full bodied, if you like the sound of those words then grab a few of these, it’s an unashamedly big and ballsy, chest thumping style of wine. Intense dark plum flavours, dark chocolate coated raisins, black olive tapenade. It needs a bit of time to settle down, but if you like that style its ready to go now with nearly five years of age on it. Will still be going around 2040 with some careful looking after. More..." The Barefoot Drinker, Nov 2017
"... inky purple hues and enticing berry pastille scents. Intense, ripe plum flavour rolls onto the front of the palate, blackcurrant,Turkish delight chocolate, cloves and mocha oak chime in on the middle palate and smooth dusty tannins home in at the finish. DRINK WITH: lamb crown roast. AGEING: 15 years." Newcastle Herald, John Lewis, Oct 2017
"Wine of the Week. This is a fine example of Mudgee red — and exactly of what Tim Stevens is talking about. It’s a richly flavoured, full-bodied dry red with a lot of earthy flavours and plenty of fine-grained tannins that are already well balanced against those flavours. It’s drinking well now and will only get better. Match it with some of the best steak, char-grilled medium-rare for me." PS News, John Rozentals, Oct 2017
"Deep mulberry colour leads to a well-integrated fulsome palate. Fine persistent tannins, rounded fruit profile and glycerol warmth [14.7% Alc] give balance and power to this grunty, typically Mudgee shiraz. Not one for whimpish palates, it has benefited from almost 5 years of maturation but will still reward cellaring. Ours was well matched with pan fried pork chops & mushroom ragout." The Grape Hunter, Oct 2017
"Lovely, ripe dark fruits are unmistakable from smelling it to tasting it. Palate pleasing plum flavours do their bit to balance out the sweet/savoury notes and slightly dusty drying tannins. It’s up there in the alcohol stakes but it didn’t interfere with the wines lushness and drinkability. That should tell you just how nicely balanced this wine is. This ain’t no wallflower let me tell you... big, bold, brash and bountiful in what it presents but it’s not over the top at all. " Words from a Wine Glass, Tony Peters, Dec 2017