2019 Huntington Estate Grenache
The Great Grenache project continues! This 2019 Grenache is different to the 2018 (which with hindsight, I should have put a reserve label on). Where the 2018 is Ursula Andress emerging from the sea in Dr No (Amazonian, with a sensual, feminine power), the 2019 is more about the pretty than the power – and closer to the 2017 in style. A delicious, fruity, light, easy drinking red.
Fruity, floral, spicy.
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 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 Fruit from our original Block 22 plus the first crop from the 3 year old vines of Block 15 was harvested March 8th 2019 at 13.8 Baume, marking the end of the 2019 Vintage at Huntington Estate. After a week on skins fermenting at a low temperature to preserve the fresh fruit character, the wine was racked into our oldest barrels for 6 months to collect very subtle oak characters perceived in flavour more than structure. The wine was bottled at the beginning of October 2019.
IN NOSE Bright red cherries, raspberries and white pepper with hints of spice.
IN MOUTH Bursting with fresh red fruit (raspberries and red cherries), a hint of floral aromatics plus a dash of light spice. The wine is fresh and vibrant, soft and long. Light to medium bodied.
CELLAR until 2026+
DRINK WITH Poached chicken with saffron rice.
“Light to medium purple/red colour, with a fresh fruit-driven raspberry-like aroma. Spicy inflexions. Light-bodied, soft and balanced and very accessible already. Clean, dry finish. Less tannin and less seriously structured than the 2018. It's a good pinot noir substitute.” HUON HOOKE 2019