2012 was a “cold, wet” vintage in Mudgee. This “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” according to owner and winemaker Tim Stevens. That’s a pretty ballsy comment to make after sitting on the wine for 5 years before release, potentially allowing the wine to go through any awkward young phases. Technically a single vineyard wine but not labelled as such, it was planted in the early 1970s.
Huntington Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mudgee, 2012
Capsicum, clove, graphite, tomato sugo and blackberry fruit. On the palate: fleshy blackberry, mulberry and a stalky note before Rum And Raisin chocolate characters. Medium bodied but still kicking with a bit of heat: a definite product of the vintage that finishes with fine tannins that have started to integrate well. The wine is mature and while there’s potential a few more years to go but I’d be drinking this sooner rather than later to enjoy a just-right aged Cabernet.
Wine sample courtesy of Huntington Estate and Define Wine