2019 Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
We can’t keep up with demand for our Barrel Fermented Chardonnay; even with restrictions it sells out within a few months of release. We’ve made a bit more this year (sacrificing the unwooded chardonnay in the deal), but if you’re a fan of this wine style, I’d get in quick, this release is an absolute ripper!
Complex, honeyed, peachy.
VINTAGE The wines from 2019 are full flavoured thanks to a vintage marked by drought. Our old vines stood up well to the dry conditions thanks to our bore-based irrigation system. This ensured excellent leaf canopy and shading through the fruit ripening part of the season.
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 Fruit from Block 16, 17 and 11 was picked on the 8th Feb 2019. It spent 8 months on lees in mostly French Hogsheads (XL barrels), 20% new oak, rest mix of 3rd and 4th use. The wine was gently stirred every week until being racked into a tank and settled prior to bottling.
IN NOSE Enticing notes of honeysuckle, rockmelon, peaches and cream and tangerine.
IN MOUTH White peach, nectarine, honey dew melon and honeysuckle. More complex than the 2018 with the stronger fruit characters while retaining the backbone provided by lovely natural acid. Delicious.
CELLAR until 2029+
92/100 "Spare a thought for these guys at Huntington Estate. Due to horrific smoke taint damage impacting their fruit, they dropped all 100 tonnes of their 2020 harvest on the ground. All of it. The kicker is that the closest fire ground was 100km away. Heartbreaking. Family run, here's a business worth rallying around in these tough times as you won't see a 2020 Chardonnay release, let alone any 2020 wine released from them in the future. This 2019 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay has stepped up a few notches from the previous 2018 release. Fresh aromas are partnered by fresh fruit delivery in the mouth. Nougat, vanilla and white stonefruits are the highlight from the outset. The fruit runs deep as that white fleshed nectarine slowly tightens the noose of pleasure. A delicate and pleasurable lemony tang reaches out on close with a skip and a beat before surging on a sustained finish. Clever stuff." QWINE 2020
92/100 "White peach, nectarine and worked fig alongside some faint ok influence on the nose. The palate is generous but well proportioned with stone fruits lifted by cashew and brioche. The citrus thread of acidity gives a fresh and moreish backdrop to the wine with richer, creamier tones giving enough now but sure to have more impact in the years to come. The finish has a subtle cashew note to go with white peach and the length is very good. Great value here." THE WINE REVIEWER 2020
91/100 "I had the pleasure of spending a couple of nights in Mudgee post Christmas - an absolutely delightful region (and the town itself), more on that later. Tim and Nicky Stevens - proprietors of Huntington Estate - had a devastating 2020 vintage, not looking to dwell on the bad, they sent a few samples showcasing the great quality of their whites from the prior vintage. In addition to the textural width - and pleasure - that barrel fermentation lends Chardonnay, a little toasty augmentation is also derived. Here, citrus and stonefruit are married to such, certainly creating an inviting proposition. It's long been a fave at Chateau Vinsomniac (a grander illusion than reality). The palate offers a somewhat slicker and fuller feel, creamed nuances with moderate citrus lime of acidity. Generous as ever." THE VINSOMNIAC 2020
"Lovely and fresh on the nose, as expected, with stonefruits and a nice citrusy hit. The palate is lively, youthful and fruit-full almost to a fault really and that is only because of how good it tastes. Juicy stonefruit dominant with a creamy sort of texture (thanks to the barrel fermentation, and then some lovely balanced mouth-watering acidity adds to the very good length. I could easily drink this any time of the year!" WORDS FROM A WINEGLASS 2020