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2018 Grand Reserve Shiraz Cabernet

AUD $100.00 inc. gst
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This is a wonderful expression of the Mudgee terroir; and an illustration of what Huntington and Mudgee can do. Years of experimentation and research under my 'great tannin project' have led us here, to a wine that has a lovely Old World structure, with New World levels of fruit.

The secret to the wine is of course the fruit - but its not just about sourcing 'the best' fruit. It's selecting parcels of perfect fruit that match and build on each other, creating a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts, which presents as a whole, not as individual components.

I've always loved the classic Aussie blend of Shiraz and Cabernet. At its best, the two sets of tannins dovetail beautifully to create the perfect palate (see the graph below) with both mid palate weight as well as length.

The extraordinary palate, structure and softness are acheived here because at Huntington we don't pursue wines that are fresh and vibrant in their youth (which doesnt win us trophies at major wine shows any more, but keeps me and our legions of wine fans happy, which frankly matters more). We want wines that have magnificent structure and lovely fruit on release, and in maturity.

VINTAGE  2018 was warm and dry - a great red vintage, and the culmination of a huge amount of work to better understand how to manage the warmer seasons in the vineyard and the winery. The promise of the wines was evident from the start in the colour and chemistry (pH, acids etc.) and the flavours and structure followed through. 

WINEMAKING / VINEYARD We chose select parcels of Estate Grown fruit from Block 1 Shiraz (14/3 at 14.1 Bé), Block 2 Shiraz (from the bottom of the block 21/2 at 13.9 Bé) and Block 9B Cabernet (16/3 at 13.3 Bé). Each variety was crushed, fermented, and matured in oak separately. Block 1 was cold soaked prior to fermentation, 22/3 pressed-off into barrels (40% new American), remainder second and third use to complete fermentation and mature. Block 2 was pressed off skins 01/3 and transferred to a mix of French (44%) and American barriques 26/4, 36% first use, remainder well-seasoned. Block 9B was pressed off 27/3, fermentation complete 20/4, transferred to French barriques 03/5 (even mix of 1st, 2nd, 3rd use and well-seasoned). Barrel selection and blending trials were conducted prior to the final blend and bottling at 13.7% Alc by Vol. on 16/10/20.

IN NOSE Complex and alluring. Mulberries and dark and brooding fruit, backed by sweet spices and an elegant touch of cedar.

IN MOUTH Ripe, dark fruit is supported by creamy vanilla and a spicy cedar finish. The palate is extraordinary. Full-bodied. Rich, round, succulent and impeccably balanced. Incredibly plush and super smooth with chewy tannins. Great length. 

CELLAR  2038+

ACCLAIM

GOLD MEDAL MUDGEE WINE SHOW 2021