Huntington Estate recently picked up Most Successful Exhibitor at the 2015 Mudgee Wine Show along with a swag of medals across reds and whites. Judged by Samantha Connew, Toni Paterson MW and Simon Curkovic, there’s certainly pedigree to the panel awarding such medals.
Of the 2 wines below, the Block Three Cabernet picked up a Silver, but the Special Reserve 2011 didn’t quite make the pedestal. Its younger siblings did better. Be on the look out for those upon release. Whilst one shouldn’t judge books by covers, the bottle weight and composition felt quite inexpensive in the hand and I had to have a double take at the animal insignia…as from afar, it has a resemblance to a hedgehog, rather than a horse. Attempts at humour aside, and upon quick check of the Huntington Estate website, I found this quote:
It’s what’s on the inside that counts. The quality of the wine is everything, so we invest in grape growing and winemaking, not packaging or marketing.
So yes, if you’re traveling to Mudgee or see Huntington Estate on a wine list, give them a go. Solid wines of place.
Huntington Estate, ‘Special Reserve,’ Shiraz, Mudgee, 2011
Gritty, earthy tannins. Definite early hit of fruit: plums and chocolate, these dip away as the tannin profile rises sharply. Lingering darker flavours of blue fruits and cooling mint. 5 years old and still not quite together. Feels a little dulled and heavy, very much a wine of place. Solid drinking.
Huntington Estate, ‘Block Three,’ Cabernet, Mudgee, 2011
Solid Cabernet nose. Blackcurrant, pastille, bramble, mud cake, syrupy and concentrated black plum and smoky oak.
Mudgee first and Cabernet second. Full earthy palate with vintage propelled green capsicum along side plentiful black fruits. Smoked chocolate woodwork gives a sweetness that lies across deep plum. Tannins are all Mudgee, lots of them but sit well as the support act. A good wine, but unsure of value.