2016 Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Balanced, weighty and varietal.
VINTAGE 2016 had a cool, wet start to the season with a great lift of warmth throughout vintage. A steady ripening period with timely rain produced high quality fruit with great acid and flavour.
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 Fruit from Block 9 was picked at 14.6 Baume on 3rd March; cold-soaked for 2 days and then fermented on skins for 2 weeks. The wine was racked into 12% new French oak barriques and hogsheads, with the remainder 2nd use and a few well-seasoned barriques, all French oak.
IN NOSE Crushed herbs, blackcurrant, cedar and fennel.
IN MOUTH Blackberries, cherry, herbs & dark chocolate. Fine grained but grippy tannins, fresh acidity and a medium weight body.
CELLAR until 2036+
DRINK WITH Roast lamb
93/100 “Rich, ripe, unequivocally varietal Cabernet on offer all the way here. Blackcurrant and other dark berried fruits are prominent on the bouquet, with cedary oak and a touch of leaf/mint coming through. Full-bodied but not overpowering, you can enjoy this now and well into the future.” JAMES HALLIDAY 2020
"Deep, dark colour with tawny and brick-red tints. The bouquet likewise showing development with an earthy, dusty, dry bouquet that speaks of dry earth and dried herbs, the palate very firm and again drying, the tannins ruling the roost. Blackberry and cassis flavour can be glimpsed in the middle-palate, while the finish is very firm and drying. This will be long-lived. A classic old-style Mudgee red with rugged structure." HUON HOOKE 2020