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+
93 POINTS "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, Jun 2019
"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, May 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. It needs strong cheese to mop up the bitter tannins. Age will no doubt help." Huon Hooke, May 2019