2015 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Shiraz
Dark, rich and broody.
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, taking pressure off the Huntington Estate winemaking team.
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.
WINEMAKING Fruit from the fifty year old vines of Block 2a was picked, cold soaked for 48 hours and fermented on skins for 11 days, and then spent 20 months in a selection of 25% new American oak barriques.
IN NOSE Cedar, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee bean.
IN MOUTH Plum and rich dark fruit with a coffee and spice back palate. Fine, clean tannins are well integrated. Balanced with firm, excellent structure.
DRINK WITH Drunken duck à l'orange.
"94 POINTS Raspberries, berry coulis, flecks of cedar and touches of dried herbs get you in the mood. It's dark in the glass and generous to taste, dark plums, black fruits and dark chocolate wash through at ease. Time in the glass saw mocha reaching out too. There's a softness to the way it carries itself but a tension at the same time, and with a few more years in bottle, this will continue to morph into a beautiful wine. Drink 2019 to a decade+" QWINE, Dec 2018
"94 POINTS The usual quality one would expect from this label, a fully resolved nose that ties brambly plum fruits with bracken and a suppleness of sweeter American Oak that has fine coffee tones. Steeped in plum and blackberry fruits, yet wrapped in generously supple mocha oak; tannins are present but support rather than detract. There is a milk chocolate richness on the mid palate before fine lines and length are afforded to the finish by precise lines of acidity and driving blackberry fruit. Drinking well now, but will age well." The Wine Reviewer, Nov 2018
"93 POINTS Deep, dark, dense red/purple colour. There are chocolate aromas galore, and the wine is full-bodied, chunky, oak-infused and big on dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla and dark plum flavours. A big, solid, deeply-structured red wine with the legs to age happily for many years." Huon Hooke, Jan 2019
"93+ POINTS Huntington Estate’s wines are in good shape. This shiraz is ballsy and generous but it’s cut with tannin and red- as much as black-berried, the latter lending it a brightness. Musk, cherry, raspberry and mint flavours, with earth, leather, wind and firey oak over the top. Very good. Many years ahead." The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson, 2019
"93 POINTS Huntington is well-known for solid, full-bodied reds and this is a typical example. Dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla and dark-plum aromas abound. It's very hearty and solidly structured, with lashings of tannin, and will age happily for many years." Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine, May 2019
"9.4/10 Huntington labels are very French and all fairly similar, so recognising the finer points to know whether you're getting the $40 or the $70 wine is tricky. Doesn’t matter, they're all pretty bloody good." Daily Examiner, Max Crus, 2018
"93/100 A serious and deeply flavoured Shiraz of intensity, concentration and strong regional character. It opens with dark plum, fig and date scents with whiffs of cinnamon/clove. The palate is lush and slurpy, surrounded by soft tannin, and flows long and lingering in its decadent way. All things done well." WBM Magazine, Mike Bennie, Mar 2019
"92 POINTS It's an aromatic riot of blackberry, cassis, coffee grounds, perhaps a suggestion of sage too. In the main it's all about the fruit and supporting oak structure; bramble/briar, tannins are fine and powdery. Savoury structure, generous tail of flavour." The Vinsomniac
"18.25/20 A highly fragrant and lifted nose jumps from the glass: fresh earth, coffee grounds, blue stone / steel before fruits of plum, red currants, raspberries and well supported (but not dominated) by polished sweet oak. The palate ripe and generous, plummy and chocolately, sweet and seductive. Tannin do give frame, structure and allow the quality fruit to take centre stage." VInonotebook. Regan Drew
"The Huntington Estate Special Reserve range is only released when conditions are deemed optimal by owner / winemaker Tim Stevens and team. This 2015 release reflects both regional varietal characters and ideal climatic conditions. Rich, ripe [but not jammy] generous fruit in the redberry range co-mingle with mixed herbs and spices both on the nose and palate. This is all admirably supported by a framework of fine tannin astrigency and grippy acid to deliver a fulsome long-palate journey. This power-house Special Reserve Shiraz will reward some cellaring." The Grape Hunter, Gilbert Labour, 2018
"No point in waffling on about this wine. It is great. Loved it. Simple as that. I must apologise for not being able to show you the colour of this wine. Gee it's deep and, if something can look lush, this can. Rich blackberries and plums give plenty when it comes to the aromas. This is exactly what it tastes like too...except it keeps on giving. Fresh dark fruits galore and it fills every nook and cranny of your mouth and it doesn't stop there. It keeps presenting over and over again. It's sort of layered but it's also nicely integrated as well but then again, complex too. It's a fascinating wine that had my attention for start to finish... This is a great wine now but the potential is endless... " Words from a Wine Glass, Nov 2018