2013 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Mudgee Shiraz

Years ago I watched a show called Wine Lovers Guide to Australia.  On one of the episodes, Bob, Wendy and Susie Roberts, the original owners of Huntington Estate, were interviewed by Grant van Every and presented some of their wines for tasting.  You could tell just how proud the Roberts’ were of their wines.  I can’t remember which of the older wines they presented but van Every was mighty impressed with how they had cellared.

If you head to the website you will see photos of Tim and Nicky Stevens, the current owners, and the rest of the Huntington Estate crew.  I couldn’t help but notice they are also proud as punch.

Lovely, ripe dark fruits are unmistakable from smelling it to tasting it.  Palate pleasing plum flavours do their bit to balance out the sweet/savoury notes and slightly dusty drying tannins.  It’s up there in the alcohol stakes but it didn’t interfere with the wines lushness and drinkability.  That should tell you just how nicely balanced this wine is.

This ain’t no wallflower let me tell you.  Yes it’s big, bold, brash and bountiful in what it presents but it’s not over the top at all.  I’m not saying it is elegant either but it has benefited from a few years of bottle age for sure.  It paired very well with a perfectly cooked scotch fillet steak.  Loved it!!


Region: Mudgee, NSW     Price: $36     Source: Sample courtesy of Define Wine

Huntington Reserve Shiraz

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