2019 Huntington Estate Merlot
Fruity, floral and spicy.
VINTAGE 2019 has been characterized by intensely dry heat spells followed by short, heavy rainfall. With a lot of hard work from our vineyard team, we picked our fruit very early to beat the heat and secured stunning, evenly ripened fruit with clean, restrained acids.
VARIETY We love Merlot, so for the last 4 years chosen to make more of the ‘straight’ Merlot Estate wine, and if the season warrants it a Reserve, rather than blending it with Cabernet Sauvignon as we used to.
VINEYARD / WINEMAKING Harvested 25/02/2019 at 13 Baumé, the Merlot spent two week on skins fermenting at a low temperature to preserve the fresh fruit character. It was then pressed off and underwent secondary fermentation in our oak fermenter, before being aged for a further 11 months in a mix of French and American barrels. Bottled at the start of August 2020.
IN NOSE Bright red cherries, raspberries and pink peppercorns with hints of dried herbs.
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 2029+
91/100 "Initially bright perfume of cherry on initial pour, settles nicely into more familiar plum and typical black fruit profile. The palate shows every inch of its early picking, light and bright with a tangy acid profile across the palate and through the finish. A delicious lick of spice curls across the back palate, delivering length to boot. Do not underestimate its lower alcohol profile, the freshness makes this a marvellous supping wine for consumption in youth." THE VINSOMNIAC 2021
'Whiffs of plum conserve and cigar box. Blackcruits and plums swoon. Fine spices and a subtle pepper ride out a long finish. A little warming on close, the tannins are a little tight and every so slowly drying. In the end, it is a wine that easy to kick back with.' QWINE 2021
"It’s a lovely bright crimson colour with a slight youthful purple at the rim of the glass. It’s definitely (and proudly) Merlot on the nose with plums, black fruits with just a little sweet fruit aroma coming through. It’s elegantly medium bodied on the palate where it shows its varietal definition. Plums, blackcurrants, some red fruit sort of ‘freshness’ and a hint of spice to top things off. It has a nice, smooth and lingering finish even though the tannins are a tad drying but that’s okay with me. Very much enjoyed it and I wasn’t the only one." WORDS FROM A WINEGLASS 2021