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Vintage Ratings

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   10 to 30 years
2010  Hot and dry  Strong and dry  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  10 to 30 years 
2013 Warm and dry Full bodied and flavoured  5 to 20 years 
2014 Hot and dry Too early to say  tbc  tbc 
2015 Slightly warm, dry  Too early to say  tbc  tbc