Huntington Estate releases their two newest Shiraz wines

Go with the tannins, not against them

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The latest two wines released from Mudgee’s Huntington Estate comprise the 2013 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Shiraz and the 2013 Huntington Estate Shiraz

“Mudgee can produce the best red wines in Australia,” says owner and winemaker, Tim Stevens. “This is a claim that I am sure will be disputed by many but allow me some space to explain exactly why I feel this.

“There is no doubt our style of red wine is unique; we have high levels of high quality tannin and acid that can make the wines somewhat astringent when young. I make no apologies for this as this structure makes the wines great for ageing and great with food. When young, our reds can lack freshness and seem awkward. In time the fruit and tannins integrate to become sublime.

“Our wines are old-style and don’t suit tastes where body and complexity are not important. The style of Mudgee reds is not something we can change, even if, God forbid, we wanted to. This is because of our unique climate and soils which are what they are.”

The Huntington Estate soils are old and lean, and the climate is Mediterranean and dry; both aspects punish the vines into producing concentrated and tannic fruit. The hot climate during the day pushes the vines hard.

At night it cools down dramatically, giving the vines a rest. It is not unusual to have days at 32 degrees Celsius, while the temperature drops to below 10 degrees at night.

“Time and again I have seen Mudgee winemakers (myself included) try to tame these tannins by manipulating the vineyard conditions or playing with the wine too much in the cellar. Invariably the wine becomes stripped or dull. Handled properly, Mudgee wines are full-bodied, have loads of super-fine tannin, good acid levels, with concentrated and complex flavours that last on the palate.

“The trick is to be guided by the vineyard and intervene as little as possible. Go with the tannins, not against them.”

Huntington Estate has consistently been at the forefront in producing red wines that age beautifully and drink best with age and food. The wines, including these new releases, are old-style and don’t suit tastes where body and complexity are not important.



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