2018 Huntington Estate Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Full-bodied and flavoured.
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 classic Australian blend has a long and illustrious history here at Huntington - we've had some trophy winners in our time. Cabernet provides structure, line and length while the Shiraz smoothes, softens and fills out the mid-palate, creating a wine of superb balance. We are very committed to this blend and will be regularly releasing.
WINEMAKING A blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Shiraz from riper parts of our vineyard and vinified in a traditional way using warm, short ferments and older, prolonged oak.
IN NOSE Jammy, succulent purple fruit with hints of spice and cedary oak. Vibrant, supple and bursting with fruit.
IN MOUTH A big, full-bodied wine, rustic and full of flavour. Packed with ripe blackberry and mulberry fruit with a kick of pepper. Rounded with chewy tannins and a long and lush fruit finish. An Aussie classic.
93/100 "A glossy, deep red in the glass with the nose having rich notes of mocha and vanillin spice with plum and blackberry having ample impact. The palate is laden with dark fruits that enjoys earthen tannins with spice building. Fruit takes on leather and dark chocolate to finish. Impressive value." THE WINE REVIEW 2021
92/100 "Deep red colour with a glint of purple. The bouquet is all dark plum and black cherry, with a patina of char-oak. A big, bold, robust wine with chunky tannins and plenty of guts. The tannins are firm but balanced and the wine is big and generous and promises to reward cellaring. A very solid regional style." HUON HOOKE 2021
92/100 "Cherry ripe in a glass. A fabulous Shiraz Cabernet blend. There is a lot to like about its swagger. A 60/40 blend, you'd be a hard marker not to enjoy the flow this delivers. Mulberries, black earth, cedar, and a sprinkle of dried herbs add to the delish Cherry Ripe factor. Woodsy spices chime in on close with a deft touch of fine pepper. One of those 'one glass isn't enough' types. Great stuff." QWINE 2021
"I’m pretty sure I have mentioned before that these two varieties make for the perfect couple. They just seem to get on so well together. I know they are not exclusive because both have engaged in ensembles with other varieties separately and together and, thankfully, will continue to do so. I’m happy with that because I know Shiraz and Cabernet will always come back together in the form of quality wines like this one from Huntington Estate. A lovely deep purple/red colour shines in the glass as aromas of plums and blackberries seep into the atmosphere. It reeks of youthfulness and freshness and it’s no different on the palate. Heaps of dark fruit characters coat the palate and some herbs and hint of pepper complement the fruit. There’s a top quality fine, dark chocolate like smoothness to it as well that I can’t describe better than that. It works beautifully with the abundant fruit characters. This is a lovely wine, it really is, and for the price, incredible value." WORDS FROM A WINEGLASS 2021