2021 Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Fresh fruit, creamy texture.
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. Our Barrel Fermented Chardonnays just keep on getting better. I really love this 2021 wine. It's the product of a cool season, happy vines producing their best fruit, an earlyish pick date, subtle oak treatment and a lot of skill. The goal for this wine is for it to have freshness and be fruit-driven, with that lovely full and rounded character and classic Chardonnay buttery / creaminess.
WINEMAKING Fruit from Block 11, 17 and 23 was picked on 11/02 at 12.3 Bé, 12% wild-ferment. On 15/2 the wine was racked into 15% new and the rest well-seasoned French barriques and hogsheads. It sat on lees, stirred weekly for 8 months. Barrels were tasted and graded and the wine blended in October, for bottling early November at 13.2% Alc.
IN NOSE Citrus and white peach, hint of well-integrated toastiness and a pinch of white pepper.
IN MOUTH A complex and appealing wine with fruit and subtle oak in harmony. Nectarines and citrus notes lead the way, with apricot on the finish. A wonderful creamy texture from the lees - the wine is round and smooth with lovely length while delivering delightful freshness.
CELLAR 2031+ These wines begin to hit their best at around 3 years from vintage. The natural acidity and level of fruit suggest this example has a long life ahead of it.
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