Huntington Estate Méthode Traditionelle
Creamy, elegant and dry.
VINTAGE Non-Vintage – the traditional approach to adding wine each year to the “pot” to produce a consistent, high quality blend.
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. Made in the traditional way using a 50/50 blend of Estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.
WINEMAKING Fruit from Huntington's Block 17 Chardonnay and Block 12 Pinot Noir was picked on 25/01/18. Juice was co-fermented in steel tanks to make the base wine, then re-fermented in bottle to produce the bubbles! The wine is riddled (turned) for 20 months, gently stirring the less until it is disgorged (the lees removed) and sealed with the cork.
IN NOSE Delicate flavours of citrus, biscuit and a hint of honeyed sweetness.
IN MOUTH Creamy with super fine beads and a lovely mousse. Dry, balanced and clean with lovely length from a fresh and natural acidity.
DRINK WITH To paraphrase the Widow Cliquot... “when you're happy and when you're sad. Sometimes when you're alone. When you have company it is obligatory. Trifle with it if you're not hungry and drink it when you are. Otherwise, never touch it – unless you're thirsty.”
Tim Stevens, Chief Winemaker of Huntington Estate Wines talks about the new release of the NV Methode Traditionelle.