2018 Huntington Estate Pinot Noir Dry Rosé
Fresh, fruity and crisp.
VINTAGE 2018 has been characterised by intensely dry heat spells followed by short, heavy rainfall. With a lot of hard work from our vineyard team, we picked our fruit very early to beat the heat and secured stunning, evenly ripened fruit with clean, restrained acids.
VARIETY In the early ‘80s, when Mateus reigned supreme, Huntington Estate launched one of Australia’s first dry rosés and it’s been a firm favourite with our customers ever since.
WINEMAKING Fruit from Block 12 was picked on the 07/02/2018 at 12 Baume. After short contact with skins, the wine was pressed off with 4% whole bunch Cabernet Sauvignon for elegance and freshness.
IN NOSE Fresh strawberry and raspberry with a hint of lemongrass.
IN MOUTH Cherry, raspberry and red apple Refreshingly dry with subtle complexities of fl avour and a crisp, clean structure.
CELLAR until 2024+
DRINK WITH Long lunches in the sunshine
"91/100 Strawberries and cream all the way. Whiffs of raspberries entice early with time in the glass introducing orange peel for interest. Dry as the name suggests, a consistent thread of cream runs at ease from start to finish. Raspberries and red currants chip in for good measure too. Plenty of pleasure lies within for your chilled Sunday afternoon. Verandahs, sunshine and laughs the only accompaniments needed." QWINE, 2018
"90/100 ... To the wine in question, the strawberry and cream aspect familiar to so many Rosé is playing a strong game here. Combined with what might best be described as a toffee-apple element in support, it segues to a palate - dry - and yet brimming with fruit. It's apparently seems fairly no nonsense, yet behind that initial dry introduction there's a surge and resurgence of acidity, giving drive and vitality. Perfect for getting the swing into things." The Vinsomniac, 2018
"... I like the wine’s dryness and I like its flavours. There should be much more of this style being made in Australia and much more of it being consumed over lunch, especially during summer." PSNews, John Rozentals, Sept 2018
"Gives it all as a dry rosé: drying cherries, concentrated craisins, watermelon juice and the obligatory strawberries & cream. Fresh, vibrant with red apple and orange citrus, hints of leafiness while finishing dry and finely textured. Defiantly made in an uncompromising style. Made for sunshine and goat's cheese tarts." Vinonotebook, 2018
"I'm sure there are others, but I don't know of any other producer that has had a rosé, and a popular one at that, in their range for 30 plus years like Huntington Estate. I reckon that's fantastic!! Cheers to Tim and the team. Fresh as the vintage would suggest. Red fruits and, in my opinion, there's a subtle citrus hit too. Raspberries, sour cherries, slight dried cranberry sweetness giving balance, lively acid finish and those fruits don't let go either. Add to this the fact it's a dry and elegant rosé, this is going to get a lot of attention with the warmer weather not far away." Words from a Wineglass, Sept 2018
"This Pinot Noir Dry Rose has been a stalwart favourite in the Huntington Estate portfolio for over 30 years. The minimal skin contact treatment and addition of a small Cabernet Sauvignon component imparts an attractive colour and mid-palate texture and astringency. Aromas of rosewater and mixed herbs slowly unwind towards a savoury and dry profile which entices to yet another glass. It is a red wine drinker's rosé bound to be popular over the imminent al-fresco summer season..." The Grape Hunter, 2018