2018 Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Intense and rounded.
VINTAGE 2018 has been characterized by intensely dry heat spells followed by short, heavy rainfall. With a lot of hard work from our vineyard team, we picked our fruit very early to beat the heat and secured stunning, evenly ripened fruit with clean, restrained acids.
VARIETY The Australian Chardonnay story began in Mudgee, with local Alf Kurtz growing unidentified Chardonnay cuttings taken from James Busby’s original collection. In the early 1970s, wine from the Kurtz grapes was made and labelled as Australia’s first Chardonnay. Chardonnay goes in and out of fashion, but with multiple plantings on different soil types, altitude and orientation, dating back to the mid ‘70s, our love affair with the King of White Wines is enduring and true.
WINEMAKING Juice pressed from Block 17 grapes went into 10% new French oak to ferment. Two of the barrels were wild-fermented. The wine sat on lees in barrel for 8 months, stirred weekly until barrel tasting in September where we carefully selected 9 barrels that hit the sweet spot to be blended together and bottled in October.
IN AROMA Stone fruits and citrus. Drinking beautifully now, it will hit it’s buttery, smooth and rounded stride in about 6 months and will continue to soften and meld together.
IN MOUTH Elegant and refined yet intense stone-fruit and citrus flavours and a firm acid backbone. The oak is subtle and already well-integrated, the texture is smooth and rounded with a very long and clean finish.
CELLAR until 2028+
DRINK WITH Grilled barramundi
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