2016 Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Vineyard / Winemaking: This wine has spent 8 months in barrel, sitting on lees, while being gently stirred twice weekly to ensure those buttery, toasty, mouth filling characters developed fully to complement the tropical fruit.
Description: This 2016 Chardonnay is elegant, complex and full in nose.
Aromas: The primary fruit aromas of banana, peach and tropical fruit are supported by toasty French oak, vanilla and butterscotch.
Palate: In the mouth, the wine is medium to full bodied, with a complex combination of flavours as per the aroma profile, plus lovely citrus from the well balanced acid. This wine has a round, long finish.
Cellar: Cellar to 2021. (I think this wine will hit its stride in the summer of 2017).
Drink with: Creamy chicken pasta.
"93/100. Some oak still showing but its toning down, under that its fine fruit well handled, I should think it will reach a peak around Christmas this year (tasted July) 93 points but at least one if not two more will come a very fair price at $24" The Key Report, Tony Keys, July 2017
"91/100 ...A light yellow in the glass there are some brioche notes to to melon and nectarine fruit. The palate is supple and generous but has ample structure to carry it’s lees induced richness in terms of acidity with the inclusion of some welcome textural grip that defines the mid to back palate... Very good value at $24. Optimal Drinking 2017 - 2026" The Wine Reviewer, July 2017
"91/100. Buttered toast, toasty oak and peachy goodness all consume the nose straight up - it's in a good place already. Whipped butter, cream, yellow stone fruits and a vibey citrus drive kick on. There's leesy textural appeal and great length too. A neat package at a more than reasonable asking price. Well worth a look. Drink now to five years." QWine, July 2017
"90/100. The barrel work is obvious here. That’s not a bad thing. It lends the wine richness and impact, its toasty/cedary characters locked onto the peachy fruit. This is a strident chardonnay, all in, its flavours emphasised like a fist banging a bench. Lemon and lees characters sizzle through the finish..." The Winefront, Campbell Mattinson June 2017
"In 1831 James Busby brought chardonnay here with vine cuttings that produced plantings in the Hunter and beyond. The grapes went into blends and it was not until the 1971 Hunter vintage thatMurray Tyrrell made the inaugural Vat 47 – Australia’s first commercially released chardonnay. The first straight chardonnay wine, albeit labelled white pineau, was made in 1964 by Mudgee vigneron Alf Kurtz and sold without fanfare in small quantities that year and in later vintages.This Mudgee chardonnay is green-tinted straw and has passionfruit scents and crisp nectarine front-palate flavour.The middle palate has melon, cumquat, mineral and coconutty oak. The finish is slatey acid." Newcastle Herald, John Lewis, Sept 2017
"Cashewy oak, grilled fig, pineapple core, grapefruit with sweet nutmeg spice. Well balanced oak and bright fruit, has good drive and intent. Good value for those that want some spice and wood to match racy lines." Vinonotebook, Regan Drew, 2017
"This is a generously proportioned Chardonnay expressing nectarine & melon characters both on the nose & palate. There is obvious oak presence from the barrel fermentation but it is well supported by the 13.5% Alc and underlying acid. All the elements and fruit power of a traditional Australian Chardonnay are present in abundance. Those attributes need some bottle time to meld and integrate." The Grape Hunter, Gilbert labour, July 2017
"Potent creamy fruit aromas of citrus and stonefruit. Smooth rich tasty flavours with lovely weight and a nice crisp mouthfeel. This is a very elegant sophisticated Chardonnay that just needs a bit of time to round out and soften a tad. VERY CLASSY." Wine Assist, Dan Traucki, July 2017
"... This is a richly flavoured, complex dry white which spent eight months sitting on yeast lees in barrel. Its fruit flavours are primarily in the stonefruit sector of the flavour wheel but there’s a hint of old-fashioned chardonnay oakiness there as well … and I like that." Oz Baby Boomers, John Rosentals, July 2017