2018 Huntington Estate Grenache
Only 724 bottles made
VINTAGE 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 As the climate continues to get warmer, we’re making a serious investment in Grenache, a grape that thrives in warmer and drier conditions, and fits the Huntington wine style and what we are trying to achieve. Since 2015, we have been making a concerted effort in the vineyard and the winery to experiment and learn about how to grow and make great Grenache .
VINEYARD / WINEMAKING Estate grown fruit from Block 15 was 50% fruit thinned because Grenache tends to overcrop and I was trying to get concentration of flavours to see what Mudgee Grenache can do! Getting the grapes ripe (at least 14% Baumé) is necessary but a challenge – Grenache is always the last variety to ripen and patience is essential. The astringency equation referenced earlier is critical here. A very light touch is required with Grenache – it doesn’t like oxygen or oak and behaves weirdly eg. Increases colour after it’s pressed off skins! We fermented whole berries with 5% carbonic maceration using whole bunches (it acts like salt, spiking the fruit a bit). Basket-pressed into 40% second-use oak French and American (60% old) for 9 months, very little fining.
IN NOSE Bright red fruit and subtle spice.
IN MOUTH Cherry & raspberry with redcurrant, herbs and spice. Medium weight with the finest, but grippy of tannins. Natural acidity leave a and clean and long finish.
CELLAR until 2028+
DRINK WITH Roast lamb
90/100 “Medium to deep red/purple colour with a spicy, earthy bouquet, traces of undergrowth, and some coconutty oak notes. Light but drying tannins, medium-bodied, with a pleasing grip supplied by those Mudgee tannins, all nicely balanced. A very smart food wine.” HUON HOOKE 2019