2015 Huntington Estate Bin 18 Shiraz
Blackberry and plum, chocolate & spice.
VINTAGE 2014 was a typically hot and dry Mudgee vintage, perfect for our Shiraz vines. Not dissimilar to the 2013 season, both quality and yields were good with a slow and steady ripening period.
VARIETY While Huntington Cabernet leads the way in the Trophy and Medal tally, it is Huntington Shiraz that often wins the hearts of our customers. As smooth and as fruity as you’d expect from the variety; the fine tannins are well managed to provide structure and length as well as the ability to age. Mudgee produces outstanding Shiraz in both the warm and cool years.
VINEYARD / WINEMAKING Only harvested when all the growing conditions are advantageous, the Bin reds are made from single vineyard picks and from selected barrels. Fruit was picked from Block 10 of the Huntington Estate vineyard on 10/02/2014 at 14.5 Baumé, fermented on skins for 1 week and then spent 19 months in a carefully selected mix of oak including 20% new American oak barriques.
IN NOSE Raspberry, vanilla and a touch of cedar and white chocolate.
IN MOUTH Vanilla, plum and blackberry fruit with violets and faint liquorice notes. Fine tannins for a smooth, long finish.
CELLAR until 2035+
DRINK WITH Dry-aged steak
94 POINTS "A decadent vanillin thread to plum and blackberry fruit with violets and faint liquorice notes. This is a wine of impeccable balance with a backbone of fine grained tannin with a dark chocolate edge and moreish acidity. There is freshness of blackberry with impact of tightly grained oak provide subtle spice. Touches of liquorice fold into a mesh of dark berry fruits and provide Impressive length to what is a very impressive wine." Wine Reviewer, winereviewer.com.au, May 2019
92 POINTS "Ripe, bold, full-bodied style. Meat and three veg. Blackberry, coconut, vanilla, malt and iodine. It hits you between the eyes with its big exuberant flavour. Good now and it will last a long while." The Winefront, Campbell Mattinson
91 POINTS "One of two new wines released by Huntington Estate. Winemaker Tim Stevens says, "The new Bin range consists of small parcels which offer an interesting difference to the core range." A swirl of the glass sees rich and dense black earth aromas rise up. There are touches of cedar and vanilla too. More time reveals scents of raspberry and white chocolate of all things - nice. A liberal dose of tannin meanders along leaving a silty textural feel. Spiced berry fruits warm the mouth in a pleasant and comforting manner albeit it a little tense on close. Aging is on its side - that's just the Huntington Estate way. Cool nights with a glass of this and a square of dark chocolate wedged in the side of your mouth and you win. Drink now to ten years+" QWINE, April 2019
89 POINTS "Deep, dark red colour with a dominant charred-oak note on the bouquet; black olive and tapenade as well as a glimpse of cassis. Milo chocolate powder notes. The wine is dense and thickly-textured ... It's good value and could repay some cellaring." Huon Hooke, May 2019
"Huntington Estate, a legendary brand in the Mudgee area continues to impress with the release of the current Bin reds. Only harvested when all the growing conditions are advantageous, the Bin reds are made from single vineyard picks and from selected barrels. This 2015 Huntington Estate Bin 18 Shiraz, already benefiting from 4 years of maturation, pours with a dark mulberry colour and a limpid meniscus. Red berries, black pepper, mixed spices and a hint of smokiness push forth the power of the varietal characters. The 14% Alc gives it a smooth muscularity. It is balanced and enjoyable now with definite further cellaring potential A gentle waft of cloves on the nose made it a good match to tonight's meal of slow-cooked brisket." The Grape Hunter, Gilbert Labour, April 2019
"Looks divine, smells delicious, tastes great! That about sums up this wine but there is more to it than that. Allow me to continue. The deep and dense colour from the core to the cusp got my attention immediately. Swirl it about and that density is evident even on the nose, although a better word is probably richness. Black fruits and plums are the obvious aromas for me and there’s some oak on show here too. On the palate the oak is a little bit more obvious, but the lush blackberry and plum fruit are up to the challenge while a spicy element adds a nice touch. To finish things off, it’s smooth and long with a creamy sort of mouthfeel. The tannins aren’t shy either. This just shows how it portends well for it’s future development. These “…small parcels of wine that offer an interesting difference to the core range of wines” could well prove to be a popular player in the Huntington Estate range. I wouldn’t be at all surprised." Words from a Wineglass, Apr 2019
"I found plum, prune and cherry flavours in a distinctive Huntington Estate Bin 18 Shiraz 2015." Brisbane Courier Mail, Des Houghton, May 2019