2018 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Chardonnay
Elegant, smooth quality.
VINTAGE 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.
VARIETY In the early ‘80s, when Mateus reigned supreme, Huntington Estate launched one of Australia’s first dry rosés and it’s been a firm favourite with our customers ever since.
WINEMAKING Fruit from Blocks 11, 16 and 17 was picked on the 08/02/2019 at 12.8 Baume. Once crushed, the juice was settled in tank on lees, then transferred to a mix of new and 2 to 3 year old French oak barrels. 30% of the batch underwent wild fermentation. The wine spent 7 months in barrel, the lees gently stirred weekly before bottling in September 2019.
IN NOSE Soft white peaches and cream.
IN MOUTH White peaches, lemon curd and honeyed vanilla cream. Silky smooth and soft, extremely long and pleasantly lingering. A keeper.
CELLAR until 2029+
DRINK WITH Smoked Rainbow Trout
89 POINTS "Light yellow hue and the nose is nutty and toasty, pepperminty and shows overt new oak and plenty of charm. The palate is clean and dry, savoury and also has depth of fruit, moving into a dry, slightly grippy finish that dries and refreshes the mouth. Very good," Huon Hooke, Jun 2019