Huntington Estate produces wine with a clear and consistent style and character, but every vintage is different thanks to varying weather conditions in that year and the preceding one.
This variation is part of the charm of the single vineyard, estate grown wines, in opposition to the coca-cola style “factory-made” wines produced to be consistent by sourcing grapes from all over the country.
It makes the production and the consumption a discovery every year. Here is Tim’s snapshot of each vintage for the last 15 years. The vintage ratings (out of 5) are his personal opinion, and this is a generalisation; obviously there will be exceptions for the better and the worse in each year.
|Year||Weather||Wine Style||Tim's rating||Ageing|
|1999||Cool, good rainfall||Elegant and vibrant||5||10 to 30 years|
|2000||Cool and wet||A bit under ripe||3||5 to 10 years|
|2001||Hot and dry||Full and robust||4||5 to 15 years|
|2002||Slighly cooler||Minerally and structural||4.5||10 to 30 years|
|2003||Hot and dry||Ripe and dry||3.5||5 to 10 years|
|2004||A cool season||Solid and elegant||4||10 to 20 years|
|2005||Dry and warm||Full bodied and flavoured||4||5 to 20 years|
|2006||Normal season||Fruit driven styles||4.5||5 to 20 years|
|2007||Hot and dry||Powerful wines||3||5 to 15 years|
|2008||Cool and wet||Elegant, distinctive||4.5||10 to 30 years|
|2009||Ideal season||Vibrant and powerful||5||10 to 30 years|
|2010||Hot and dry||Strong and dry||3||5 to 15 years|
|2011||Cool with good rain||Elegant, balanced wines||4.5||10 to 30 years|
|2012||Cold and wet||Fresh, intense and fleshy||5||10 to 30 years|
|2013||Warm and dry||Full bodied and flavoured||4||5 to 20 years|
|2014||Hot and dry||Too early to say||tbc||tbc|
|2015||Slightly warm, dry||Too early to say||tbc||tbc|