2013 Huntington Estate Vintage Fortified Shiraz
Fruity, smooth and elegant.
VINTAGE 2013 was a welcome return to more normal conditions after the cold wet years of 2011 and 2012. Those two years of rain set the vines up well, and both quality and yields were good, with a slow and steady ripening period.
VARIETY Vintage Fortified Shiraz (we’re no longer allowed to call it Port) is the ultimate ageing style of wine. It’s not made commonly any more, but Chief Winemaker Tim Stevens is one of a few passionate advocates of the style, intent on securing its future and sharing it with new audiences. Huntington regularly wins the “Best Fortified” Trophy at the Mudgee Wine Show, and medals at Rutherglen (Australia’s spiritual home of fortified wine).
VINEYARD / WINEMAKING Fruit was picked from Block 4 of the Huntington Estate vineyard on 18/04/13 at 14.6 Baumé, 100 litres of juice was bled off to concentrate flavour, fermented on skins for 5 days weeks, fortified with brandy at 3 Baumé which stopped the fermentation.
IN NOSE Jammy bramble and mulberry, with candy apples.
IN MOUTH Sweet and rich blackberry jam. Soft, elegant and smooth palate.
CELLAR until 2055+
95/100 "The deep intense ripe sweetness of the body knocks forward some classic forward and decent aromas that augur for enticing you to drink it now but also for storing some away for later. It has layers of youth but also of potential and complexity. The oak is there noticeable, pokes out (because the wine is still so young!) and is quite firm, the tannins also are forward and strong. Future potential stands out. It drinks very nicely albeit now however it is a young ripe rich dense sweet wine with a long and extended finish and demonstrates also the longevity it will be capable of. Currants, blackberries, jam, chocolate, cigar and spicy cherries all were noticeable all with a very long and extended finish. Drink to 2033 to 2043 plus. 95/100 - Superb (with further potential emphasised) more..." PAUL IPPOLITO 2019
4 STARS "...would be great with aged cheddar and will cellar nicely over 10 years. It’s bright garnet and has toffee aromas and rich fruitcake front-palate flavour. The middle palate shows prune, dark chocolate, molasses and nutty oak and rancio characters at the finish." NEWCASTLE HERALD JOHN LEWIS 2019
93/100 "There's power and ripe fruit awaiting your attention here. A fortified that slips down all too easily. Abuzz with blackberries, currants, dried figs, plums - Christmas cake in a glass really. The mouth is filled with licks of sweetness and rich, complex fruit. Some spice before a dab of bitterness closes things out, but above all, it's quite a soothing fortified. The persistent long finish is an ideal way to close out the night. Cheese anyone? Drink now for 10 years+" QWINE 2019
93/100 "Maintains a youthful almost purple hue to the rim, the nose shows rich plum and strawberry fruit that’s lifted by a gentle sweetness of spirit. The palate is lush, but balanced and carries it’s 20% alcohol and holds it’s structure, the mid palate shows a plushness of fruit and the finish has spice and dried fruit notes (think plum and fig). What is most enjoyable is the vibrancy of acidity to finish giving both great length and a moreish nature to the wine." THE WINE REVIEWER 2020
"It used to be called ‘port’ when it was made here, until the Portuguese rightly tackled us, but quite independently of nomenclature, producing VP has become something of a rarity in Australia. Which is a shame because this is such a good drink — neat after dinner, or mixed with soda as a post-work spritzer. The fruit hails from Mudgee and the wine has been fortified with top-class aged brandy spirit." EGLOBAL NEWS JOHN ROZENTALS 2019
TOP VALUE "Deep, dark, dense red with both black and purple tints. The bouquet is fresh and young and chock-full of sweet blackberry, crème de cassis aromas. It reminds of the old Blackberry Nip liqueurs. The palate is big and bold and loaded with sweetness, fruit and bitter tannins that linger..." HUON HOOKE 2019
90/100 "A lovely dark colour, some brick-red development starting to come through. Really lovely aromatics of fruitcake, spice, date and prunes, there's also stewed plums, violets and a clean spirit lift. The flavours are youthful and bright, there's a lovely blue fruit and spice quality, as well as a powerful line of fruit, but the acid and granular, textured tannin keep all in balance. A really lovely fortified with years ahead of it." THE REAL REVIEW 2021