2017 Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
Complex, intense, fruity.
VINTAGE 2017 was a great vintage. Good rains during last winter ensured a full soil moisture profile. Consistent weather until late Summer also helped the vines gain strength to settle for a couple of hot spells just before ripening which was marked by ideal dry conditions.
VARIETY This classic Australian blend has a long and illustrious history here at Huntington - we've had some trophy winners in our time. Cabernet provides structure, line and length while the Shiraz smoothes, softens and fills out the mid-palate, creating a wine of superb balance. We are very committed to this blend and will be regularly releasing.
WINEMAKING Estate grown fruit from our low-yielding vines in Block 3 (60% Cabernet Sauvignon) spent two weeks on fermentation followed by two weeks on post-fermentation maceration, and Block 4 (40% Shiraz) spent one week on skins before press off. Each variety was barreled separately (30% new French and American) for twelve months before blending in tank. Released young and bold, with great cellaring potential.
IN NOSE Jammy, succulent purple fruit with hints of spice and cedary oak. Vibrant, supple and bursting with fruit.
IN MOUTH The fine grained but grippy tannins and fresh natural acidity mean it’s soft and smooth with a long, tight finish. The plummy, bright fruit is subtly enhanced with a hint of vanillin oak and crushed herb and there are layers of complexity beneath the fruit that will keep you coming back for more.
DRINK WITH Slow cooked lamb shoulder.
"91 POINTS Mid-mulberry-red colour. An open-natured aroma, slightly spirity and high-toned, in the red fruit sphere. Good energy and fruit concentration on the palate. Decanting is highly recommended, to unleash the fruit characters, as the flavours build beautifully in the glass with time." The Real Review, Toni Paterson MW, April 2019
"91 POINTS A joyous blend with so much pleasure to offer. Another smart wine from the hands of Tim Stevens. Lively and juicy, the fruit bounds along through the mouth with an almost carefree stride. You get the feeling it's a wine very comfortable to be in its own skin. Cabernet mintiness skips forward with blackberries and dark chocolate in hot pursuit. Mudgee tannins always have a grip on things in their youth and that is noticeable once more here but the energetic Shiraz seems to tame it. Soft spices linger with cocoa-like tannins to close. Crowd-pleasing appeal is high. Drink now to eight years+ " QWINE, April 2019
'It’s been said over and over again; Cabernet/Shiraz, or Shiraz/Cabernet, is the classic, quintessential, Australian ‘Claret’. It doesn’t matter what the proportions are of each, it still deserves the term ‘classic’. This particular wine is not just classic (my popular word at the moment) because of the varieties. It’s thanks to Bob Roberts, the original owner and winemaker at Huntington Estate, who established the vineyard 50 years ago with Cabernet Shiraz blends being virtually part of the family from the beginning. I have no doubt he’d be mighty proud of what current winemaker, Tim Stevens, has produced with this wine.
Deep, dark and gorgeous colour gets things off to very good start. It’s all black fruits on the nose, but that is just a small introduction to the rich, juicy flavours this wine has. Blackberries galore and they are perfectly ripe and lush. Blueberries and plums are about too adding some delicate but precise middle palate richness. The tannins are obvious and a bit drying, but the abundant fruit soon puts paid to that little problem bringing it home to a good, lingering finish.
The thing about this wine is, it doesn’t seem big. The plentiful fruit and tannins I mentioned may give that impression, but it’s not like that. It has an elegance and smoothness about it thanks to the two varieties working so well together. Tim Stevens has nailed this classic combination. " Words from a Wineglass, April 2019
"Owners / winemakers Tim and Nicky Stevens have produced yet another fine examplar of this cool climate blend, reflective of its terroir. It opens with an enticing sweetness on the nose reminiscent of cherries, plums and perhaps a waft of fennel. The firm acid and tannin backbone gives the brooding fruit component length and resonance. The vibrancy of the Shiraz portion supports and allows the power of the Cabernet fruit to evolve on breathing. Whilst ticking all the appropriate boxes for a well balanced youthful wine of that blend, this vintage will definitely reward cellaring." The Grape Hunter, April 2019