2018 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Semillon
Crisp and refreshing.
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 This is the 4th release of our Special Reserve Semillon, with 18 months of bottle age to allow the wine to begin to soften naturally (the 2019 Reserve is performing really well in shows at the moment, but is a bit fierce to really enjoy yet!). It’s a palate-driven wine-style I love to drink, and I’m really enjoying experimenting with different winemaking techniques and learning about what our fruit can do.
WINEMAKING Fruit from the north end of Block 6 – our best – was picked early in the season to optimise acids and for a leaner, more lemony fruit character. Winemaking intervention was minimal. Free-run juice only (no pressings) to reduce phenolics, was slowly fermented at a very low temperature to preserve fruit character and elegance. We deployed a very light touch with fining, filtration and stabilisation to amplify the beauty of the fruit.
IN NOSE Citrus, lychee and nashi pear with gentle grassy characters.
IN MOUTH Silky smooth and elegant wine with great balance and length. The fruit character is very pure with lovely lemon drop aromas and flavour, supported by a hint of minerality / river stone.
CELLAR until 2028+
91/100 "Made to age, it's early days here for a wine getting into its work. Quite a composed wine, key lime pie, almonds and a faint toast can be seen. The acid still has a spring in its step but hold on to this for a few years yet and it should calm down. Patience is all the go here - a wine I'd be keen to see in three to five years. Drink 2022 to ten years+" QWINE 2020