2023 Huntington Estate Nouveau
The 2023 Nouveau will be shipped from the 27th of November.
Vivid, super-soft and fruity.
VARIETY It's long been an ambition of mine to produce a "serious" light to medium-bodied red that is complex; still "fleshy" and generous; without falling into the trap of being cloying. The balance in the blending of the 3 grape varieties is carefully done to deliver compexity and tension. After much research, and a good deal of experimentation, I actually feel like I've nailed it - this wine is exactly what I was trying to acheive, and I am so happy with it (and those of you who know me well, know that I am VERY rarely completely satisfied with a wine.) I still like the 22, but the generosity of 23 takes it to another level. This is the ultimate red wine for Summer - it goes with everything, and can be served with a light chill when the heat of the day warrants it. It's not available in any mixed packs - add a case to your order, I promise you won't regret it!
VINEYARD / WINEMAKING 2023 was a very cold and wet year though it warmed and dried up a bit for harvest which was helpful to fully ripen the grapes. Yields were low due to shoot and bunch thinning, and the quality was exceptional - the best I've seen in Mudgee. The Pinot especially enjoyed the cool! 10/03/23: 2.86T of grapes from Block 12 Pinot Noir and 1.68T from Block 1 Shiraz (our best) were picked at 13.5Bé; co-fermented and sat on skins for 14 days. 6/4/23: 2.05T of grapes from Block 14 Grenache were picked at 12.1 Bé and fermented on skins for 12 days; with some whole bunches added to the ferment for the aromatic kick that carbonic maceration provides. The wine was blended on 27/4 and bottled 5/10/23 at 13.68% alc/vol.
IN GLASS Ruby, almost purple.
IN NOSE Aromas of red cherries, spice and a slight earthiness are well integrated and balanced.
IN MOUTH Generous in flavour and texture. Rich cherry and blue fruit, and a smooth chocolate finish. Subtle and fine tannins. A supple wine with lovely weight. Great length. Opulent, complete, and perfectly balanced.
DRINK WITH Anything and everything.
91/100 "A great slurp dripping with juicy factor that would even take a chill in warmer months. Winning! A blend of Pinot Noir, Grenache and Shiraz, baked raspberries and cranberries spill from the glass with absolute ease. Flashes of earth kick around with a little meaty appeal. Super fine spices package up this neat parcel that calls for large pours and generous plates of food." QWINE 2023