Huntington Estate release their iconic Cabernet Sauvignons

Taste the fruits of Huntington Estates original Cabernet Sauvignon plantings

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Huntington Estate is one of the oldest vineyards in the Mudgee Valley, New South Wales

Huntington Estate is one of the oldest vineyards in the Mudgee Valley, New South Wales [©Winepros/VisitVineyards.com]

2012 Huntington Estate 'Block 3' Cabernet Sauvignon
Huntington Estate in Mudgee
2012 Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Huntington Estate has released two of its iconic Mudgee wines, the 2012 Huntington Estate ‘Block 3’ Cabernet Sauvignon ($65) and 2012 Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($26).

The newly released wines are made from the original plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon at Huntington, vines that are close to 50 years of age.

“2012 was a cold, wet vintage in Mudgee, with harvest later then we have experienced for many years. We had around 180mm of rain in February, with high temperatures in the mid-20s, and lows in the single-digits,” explained owner and winemaker, Tim Stevens.

“It was the kind of season where grapes are often picked unripe in a rush to beat disease resulting in green, astringent tannins and thin, weak wines. A combination of hard work in the vineyard, patience and courage, allowed us to get the grapes fully ripe and the tannins just right for beautifully elegant, structured wines.”

Block 3 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from grapes grown on a single block of very low yielding vines that run East to West, on the slopes of the Mudgee valley, at an elevation of just under 500 metres. The lean soils (red loam over a base of ironstone and quartz) help produces berries with great concentration of flavours and fine tannins.

“Our winemaking tends to focus on elegance; the Block 3 is cold soaked and fermented in open oak fermenters, with the cap hand-plunged and extraction closely moderated.

“Our Huntington Estate ‘Block 3’ is the epitome of Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon. It has fine tannins, is medium-bodied, and elegant with delicate flavours. It is a wine that can age for a minimum ten years and usually 20.”

The 2012 Huntington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine made from using grapes from Block 9, situated in the north-western corner of the property. The block was planted in the early 1970s on alluvial soils, around 25 metres lower than Block 3, and a kilometre away.

“The grapes are harvested two weeks later than the Block 3 Cabernet, so are riper. The yields are still low, at between two to three tonnes per hectare, allowing good flavour development and ripeness, particularly during such a season.”

These Huntington Cabernets, in keeping with the winemaker’s philosophy, have been released at five years of age and will continue to develop and evolve in the bottle with careful long term cellaring.

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  • Mudgee (NSW)

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