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Tim's Ravings

Age

As another year passes, I feel moved once again to write (not rave – I fear I may be mellowing…) in praise of age. Isn’t one of the perks of getting older the license to repeat yourself? I love a good aged wine and good ageing style wines, and I love making them. Using time [...]

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Perfectionist

Hello, my name’s Tim and I’m a perfectionist and a control freak.You might not want to live with me or work for me but trust me, you want to drink my wine.I’m sure Bob the founder wouldn’t mind me saying that he was too. It’s why Estate grown, made, bottled (and sold) is a cornerstone [...]

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Climate change

It’s the end of October and bushfire stoking 35 degree days alternate with a series of devastating frosts that have wiped out vineyards less favourably situated than ours across NSW and the ACT. The last “black frost” hit our Block 9 Cabernet pretty hard.As a farmer and a country dweller almost all of my life, [...]

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Ten years of screw caps!

The greatest revolution I have seen as a winemaker is the dramatic switch from cork to screwcaps. For me, it was akin to the discovery of the theory of evolution or that the earth revolved around the sun.My vinous eye-opener happened around 10 years ago. The Clare Valley in South Australia will be recorded as [...]

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Mudgee Reds

Mudgee produces the best red wines in Australia.This is a claim that I am sure will be disputed by many but allow me some space to explain exactly why I feel this.There is no doubt our style of red wine is unique; we have high levels of high quality tannin and acid that can the [...]

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Old wines, old vines and me.

I have often spoken of the need for old vines to produce our wines. Here goes an attempt to explain why.Firstly, what counts as an old vine? There are no official definitions but the general view is that anything over 30 years is old, although some vines in Australia’s more historic districts have managed to [...]

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An exciting mix of craft and science…

A bottle of wine from a single vineyard is truly rare and special.All year, year after year, vines are rooted to the one spot, growing and ripening their fruit amid sometimes dramatic climate changes. This year it’s floods, last year it was drought.The vigneron requires discipline and experience to be able to react to the [...]

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Bogged but happy

We’ve just had 3 tractors bogged in the vineyard, each one trying to drag the other out. It was quite a sight watching this tractor-train plough itself through the row. The vineyard manager had a beer or two that night.And we left the special cow poo spreader slowly sinking in the middle of Block 8 [...]

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How do you buy wine?

Buying fine wine today is nothing like it was 40 years ago. Back then, when Huntington Estate was established, there were merchants galore, mostly operating independent wine shops.These merchants travelled extensively through wine regions in Australia and overseas, finding the best wines. They discovered and nurtured winemaking talent and celebrated diversity, and in response the [...]

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A Great Time to Visit Mudgee

The weather in Mudgee is glorious at the moment; cool, crisp nights followed by clear, sunny days. Winter and Spring is a great time here, invariably green and languid.For those who haven’t been to Mudgee lately, allow me to paint the scene. Mudgee has rejuvenated its famous streetscape in recent years and is one of [...]

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