Sparkling new releases from Huntington Estate

Méthode Traditionelle Pinot Noir Chardonnay and 2015 Gewürztraminer

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Tim Stevens of Huntington Estate

Tim Stevens of Huntington Estate

Enjoy the award winning wines at Huntington Estate, Mudgee, NSW
Huntington Estate in Mudgee
Huntington Estate is one of the oldest vineyards in the Mudgee Valley, New South Wales

 

With the holiday season looming, Huntington Estate has released its freshly disgorge Méthode Traditionelle Pinot Noir Chardonnay ($29) along with its trophy winning 2015 Huntington Estate Gewürztraminer ($22).

The new Huntington Estate sparkling is a blend of Chardonnay (60%) and Pinot Noir (40%) which, in the traditional method, underwent secondary fermentation in the bottle followed by 15 months maturation on its yeast lees prior to disgorgement.

"Our first sparkling was made in 2008," explained owner and winemaker Tim Stevens. "It is only made in very limited quantities. It was initially made for our Huntington Estate Music Festival and had become a firm favourite with the music festival crowd, not to mention my wife Nicky who is an enthusiastic consumer.

"We have two specific blocks of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that are picked fairly early, at around 11 baumé, in late January through to mid February in order to make our sparkling. The process is slow, expensive and tricky, but as with most things in winemaking (and life?) this approach is that one that delivers the best results.

"Lees contact for 15 months, with hand riddling results in a creamy, yeasty, toasty character and a smoothness on the palate. We are looking to build complexity through this lees maturation with richness coming from the pinot noir and lemony fruit from the chardonnay."

The new 2015 Huntington Estate Gewürztraminer is already attracting attention, winning the 'Best Dry White Table Wine' Trophy at the recent 2015 NSW Small Winemakers' Show.

"It is a complex, lean and dry style with its distinctive aromatics and abundance of fruit varietal jasmine and lychee characters. The return to a more 'normal' vintage in 2015, being warm but not too hot and timely rain, produced this superb parcel of traminer," explained Tim. "The grapes were harvested, fermented and bottled, with the objective of simply capturing the fresh varietal characters of this classic variety."

Both new wines were released for the Huntington Estate Music Festival.

Awards: 2015 Huntington Estate Gewürztraminer

  • TROPHY, James Kerr Memorial Trophy, Best Dry White Wine, NSW Small Winemakers' Show 2015
  • GOLD Medal, NSW Small Winemakers' Show, Class 13, 2015

 

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