2017 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Chardonnay
Elegant, smooth quality.
VINTAGE In 2017, we can happily and honestly declare a truly great vintage. Great rains during last winter ensured a full soil moisture profile. This period was also cool, meaning our wise and happy old vines were not under pressure to grow quickly. Consistent weather until late Summer also helped the vines gain strength to settle for a couple of savage heat waves just before ripening which was marked by dry conditions which are ideal.
VARIETY The Australian Chardonnay story began in Mudgee, with local Alf Kurtz growing unidentiﬁed Chardonnay cuttings taken from James Busby’s original collection. In the early 1970s, wine from the Kurtz grapes was made and labelled as Australia’s ﬁrst Chardonnay. Chardonnay goes in and out of fashion, but with multiple plantings on different soil types, altitude and orientation, dating back to the mid ‘70s, our love affair with the King of White Wines is enduring and true.
WINEMAKING Fruit from Block 17 was picked on 07/02/16 at 11.9 Baumé. Once crushed, the juice was settled in tank on lees, then transferred to a mix of new and 2 to 3 year old French oak barrels. 25% of the batch underwent wild fermentation. The wine spent 7 months in barrel, the lees gently stirred weekly before bottling in September 2017.
IN NOSE Soft peach and stone fruits with nectarine and vanilla.
IN MOUTH Peach and stone fruit with citrus and a hint of cashew. Light and delicate with mouth filling flavour and superb texture. Subtle minerality supports a long, balanced finish.
DRINK WITH Smoked Rainbow Trout
"93/100 Super smart Chardonnay. Some old school appeal but the elegance and smooth delivery cannot be denied. A great release for Chardy fans. Savour each sip. Soft barbecued peach, shades of caramel, whipped butter and vanilla. Beautifully weighted, the mouth is filled with ease. Elegantly textured, creaminess is drip fed on what seems a never-ending finish. A couple of more dollars has been tacked on this year but don't flinch at that - it's worth it. Great Chardonnay. Drink now to eight years." QWine, 2018
"90/100 Buttered peaches, some nougat. Fleshy style delivering creamy white fruit, soft acidity, a little cinnamon apple, and a decent finish.. " Winefront, 2018
"Rating: 8/10. Vanilla oak edged, herby dill, lemon curd and flinty struck match aromas lead into a creamy, lemon butter palate with spicy oak but still tempered with good regional acidity. A fuller, but quality expression." Queensland Times, Regan Drew, 2018
"Mudgee Chardonnay is something to behold if made well and this wine is one of those. A light straw yellow in colour, the nose offers peach and melon with a hint of vanilla oak sitting nicely in the background. The palate is dry with ripe apricot, melon and nectarine flavours. The French oak adds to the body and structure of the wine and provides hints of cashew and vanilla notes. This wine is a wine of finesse and character and one that, if cellared well, will reward you with something special. Excellent! " Jim McMahon, Wine writer, NSW Teachers Federation Oct 2018
"Cashew, oatmeal and vanilla oak aromas team wiht fleshy white peach on the nose. The palate is clean, fresh and bright with some nice wild ferment notes. Well balanced." Rob Geddes MW, 2018
"...Tropical fruits aplenty provided a nice aromatic introduction for me. Those fruits weren’t so obvious when drinking it. They were still there but I found they had been tamed somewhat by peaches and cream, and some pear characteristics adding plenty of flavour, weight and mouth-filling texture. There was a nice touch of acid on the finish, when it eventually got there, telling me this has a good future. This deserves the ‘Special Reserve’ tag. Up a notch, upper class and elegant Chardonnay right here...." Words from a Wineglass, 2018
“Elegant” and “smooth” were the two words that kept coming to mind here. Old-school chardy drinkers will be sent into rapture here, but it’s not so over the top that a newer drinker will be put off. There’s lashings of grilled and buttered yellow peach and homemade nougat That elegance shows through in the mouthfeel. It's creamy with a late acid finish, which makes it linger long after the last drop has rolled down your throat." Weekend Post, BJ Foley, 2018