2015 Huntington Estate Bin 24 Cabernet Sauvignon
Savoury, plush and long.
VINTAGE The 2015 vintage in Mudgee was a return to more ‘normal’ conditions, warm but not too hot, dry but not drought and with timely rain. Cool evenings resulted in a good ripening period.
VARIETY Huntington’s reputation was built on Cabernet Sauvignon. Two Blocks were planted at opposite ends of the vineyard in 1969, one (Block 3) at the highest point, the other (Block 9) at the lowest. The terroir (climate, soils) and winemaking at Huntington is perfect for this late-ripening, tannic grape.
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 from Block 9 was picked from on 13/03/2015 at 12.7 Baumé, fermented on skins for 1 week and then spent 18 months in 20% new French oak barriques.
IN NOSE Vibrant blackberry, milk chocolate and baked plums.
IN MOUTH Rich black and red fruit, dark chocolate and hints of mint and dried herbs. Soft and plush mouth feel with structured, super-fine tannins.
CELLAR until 2025+
DRINK WITH Lamb roganjosh.
93+ POINTS "The quality of Huntington Estate’s reds seems to have lifted of late. Excellent cabernet. Presented exactly as you’d hope and desire. Full-bodied and fleshy but angled towards a long, satisfying finish. Red and black berries, toasty oak, gum leaf notes and long chains of tannin. Too easy. Very good. Will cellar like a charm. Cellar: 2020-2030+" The Winefront, Campbell Mattinson
92 POINTS, TOP VALUE, No. 1 CENTRAL RANGES 2015 CABERNET "Medium colour density with a brick-red hue. The nose is quite savoury with pastry and baked red-plums, and there are also some nutty oak nuances. I enjoy the soft, plush palate. With air, it opens up beautifully, and the savouriness comes into balance with the delicious red fruit. Lovely complexity. Very satisfying." The Real Review, Toni Paterson MW, April 2019
92 POINTS "A dark red in the glass with some dark duller hues towards the rim. The nose has characteristic leather and milk chocolate notes to blackberry; the wine is supple, but has drive of tannin and fruit that is the hallmark of the wines produced by Huntington Estate. Black fruits are wrapped in cedar oak and have a thread of mint before a return of the luxurious milk chocolate on the mid palate. There is enough acid to give the wine freshness and length to finish and it will mature well over the medium term. The team at Huntington Estate continue to produce some excellent wines across the board at a very reasonable price point." The Wine Reviewer, Apr 2019
92 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." Dense and intense Cabernet. Give it a good decant to see it cool it heels a little more. The mouth is filled with black fruits and berries plus dark chocolate. Roasted peppers mingle at ease. Add some mint, a sprinkle of dried sage, thyme and firm tannins and you have a great example of Mudgee Cabernet. A wine to bring pleasure for many years to come. Drink for another 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... It's good value and could repay some cellaring." Huon Hooke, May 2019
"This is the second of the new release ‘Bin’ wines (this was the Bin 18 shiraz) by Tim Stevens who got a bit excited about a couple of barrels of Cabernet and simply could not blend them away. Thanks again Tim for looking after us punters. A lovely deep colour. Plenty on offer aromatically. Dark fruits galore and some (cedary?) oak on the nose got things underway. I have to admit, I was initially a little concerned about the upfront oak but I felt the abundant fruit would sort it out. Sure enough, it didn’t let me down when I tasted it." Words from a Wineglass, April 2019
"Established for 50 years, Huntington Estate has been and continues to be an iconic brand in the Mudgee region. Produced from single vineyard block and specially selected barrels, the current Bin red releases tick the boxes of heft and substance typical of the region. This Bin 24 Cabernet Sauvignon, already with 4 years of maturity, opens with a punch of black currants and menthol both on the nose and palate followed by a blast of puckering acid and tannin A touch of funk, reminescent of the "sweaty saddle" characters, adds to the astringency. Whilst the generous fruit component will continue to benefit from cellaring. the lurking presence of the yeasty funk might attenuate the fruit power This is definitely a food wine to match rustic proteins. We had ours with a home-made cheddar & Swiss brown mushroom croque-monsieur." The Grape Hunter, April 2019
"Lovely mouthfeel with blackcurrant and cassis." Brisbane Courier Mail, Des Houghton, May 2019