2014 Huntington Estate Shiraz
Vibrant, full-bodied and structured.
VINTAGE 2014 was a typically hot and dry Mudgee vintage, perfect for our Shiraz vines. Not dissimilar to the 2013 season, both quality and yields were good with a slow and steady ripening period.
VARIETY While Huntington Cabernet leads the way in the Trophy and Medal tally, it is Huntington Shiraz that often wins the hearts of our customers. As smooth and as fruity as you’d expect from the variety; the fine tannins are well managed to provide structure and length as well as the ability to age. Mudgee produces outstanding Shiraz in both the warm and cool years.
VINEYARD / WINEMAKING Fruit was picked from Block 10 of the Huntington Estate vineyard on 10/02/2014 at 14.5 Baumé, fermented on skins for 1 week and then spent 19 months in a carefully selected mix of oak including 20% new American oak barriques.
IN NOSE Spicy, cherry aromatics with a delicate hint of dark chocolate, rich, dark ripe plums and berries with lovely café au lait creaminess.
IN MOUTH Vibrant and fresh yet full bodied and supple. Perfectly balanced plum, cherry, coffee and spice and a great structure. Fine tannins and lovely acid with a long, clean finish.
CELLAR until 2038+
DRINK WITH Red meat
REVIEWS & ACCOLADES
"92/100 Clever Shiraz. There's so much to sink your teeth into. Great fruit and generosity for days, Mudgee hitting the high hats... Blackberries plus sweet blackcurrants. Those dark fruits cut loose and invite you to get knee deep. A couple of days of tasting presents a wine with longevity in its veins. All elements have softened demanding that you just want in. Tannins still a little firm, but Mudgee tannins need years to relax - just ask winemaker Tim Stevens who explains it beautifully. Top stuff. Drink now with a good decant to a decade+" QWINE, Sept 2018
"91/100 Terrific colour a deep crimson-purple and laden with black plums and blackberries, a succulence too with savoury tones of soy sauce, leather, cedary oak and Cherry Ripe. Medium-bodied with ripe, slightly woody tannins - needs time." James Halliday, Wine Companion
"91/100 A touch reductive initially but with time brambly plum fruit shows itself against a backdrop of earth and black olive.The savoury olive edge continues on the palate with dark berry fruits joined by supple oak inputs before the finish enjoys a satisfying contrast between drying but fine tannins and generous plum fruit that’s embellished gentle spice. A good value proposition as always." The Wine Reviewer, Nov 2018
"91/100 Sweet accented fruit sits over the top of a core that can only described as Huntington Estate's Mudgee in a meeting of the minds with the oak that nurtured the wine. Medium bodied, it's awash with blue-purple fruit, chocolate accented depths and bringing up a fine tannin profile. It's silken profile caries a wave of flavour across a length of generosity flecked with spice." The Vinsomniac, 2018
"90/100 Deep, dark red/brick-red colour with a tinge of purple and a very savoury, earthy, machine oil bouquet thanks to oak and bottle age. A hint of star anise, too. The wine is full-bodied and sinewy, just a touch lean and dry, the palate taut and firm and not rich, but has good length and line. Red fruit flavours emerge with airing. A good food wine." Huon Hooke, Sept 2018
"This is another powerhouse Shiraz from owner / winemaker Tim Stevens & team. Released after 4 years of development, this vintage is packed full of all the varietal & regional attributes. The fulsome fruit component, still delivering primacy of character, reflects a blueberries and mixed spice profile. This is counterbalanced by drying oakish tannins and an astringent acid framework. The 13.8% Alc partakes a hint of glycerol sweetness. This Huntington Estate blockbuster will keep delivering over the next 10 years whilst drinking well now." The Grape Hunter, Sept 2018
"It's great on the nose. Even at four years of age, it is still pretty fresh berry-ish and fragrant right here. It smells like it's going to lay it on thick and rich preparing you for what's in store. A mélange (coming from me that's a bit posh) of dark, blue and red fruits make up the flavours of this beauty. There is definitely lush and fresh blackberries that make you feel as though you are rolling them around your mouth. A blueberry character is there for me too and having mentioned red fruits, it was a 'fruit freshness" suggesting age-ability (I hope you know what I mean).
The tannins don't want to be forgotten either. They make an appearance but in balance with the damn good fruit that pulls them into line as they both march side by side in unison. Very much enjoyed this wine. Get onto it!" Words from a Wineglass, 2018
"To its credit, this flagship Mudgee winery held back the release of this wine until now, allowing its deep, rich flavours to reach palate-satisfying appeal. Hats off to winemaker Tim Stevens for crafting a wine of such stamina and depth that will continue to reward further cellaring." Sunday Telegraph, John Fordham, Oct 2018