Huntington Estate kicks off its 46th vintage
With the harvest of their chardonnay and pinot noir for the Huntington Estate Sparkling.
Huntington Estate has kicked off Mudgee’s 2017 vintage with the harvesting of their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for the Huntington Estate Sparkling.
“Harvest started in the cool of the morning today around six am,” said Huntington owner and winemaker, Tim Stevens. “It is the beginning of our 46th vintage, and a great way to start.
“The cool, wet winter and spring set us up nicely for what is shaping up to be a great season.
“Our fantastic vineyard team led by Paul Baguley of ‘PB Ag Consulting’ have done a brilliant job with the vines and, despite conditions, we have no disease at all out there.
“The recent hot weather hasn’t hurt us, and our decent crop of grapes are full of flavour and well balanced.
“Harvesting today is a welcome return to normal timings for us in Mudgee, after a long run of early harvests. The later start allows the reds to ripen more slowly and with cooler nights which is much better for the quality.”
Huntington Estate harvested two tonnes each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to make their into their Huntington Estate Sparkling base prior to secondary fermentation.
The winery also brought in one tonne of old-vine chardonnay, which has been earmarked for a new Huntington Estate Reserve Chardonnay.
“The grapes were picked from our Block 16 at 12.5 baume and are now in the basket press. The fruit is looking fantastic and we are planning to use it for our inaugural Huntington Estate Reserve Chardonnay. It is showing everything we’re looking for; grassy, fresh and full of elegant flavours,” concluded Tim.
“This is a fabulous start to our vintage.”
- Mudgee (NSW)
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