2015 Huntington Estate ‘Basket Dried’ Shiraz

This may sound conceited but there aren’t many ‘styles’ of wines I haven’t tried. ‘Basket Dried’ is a term I’m definitely not familiar with but if I see it on a wine label again I’ll be grabbing for my wallet and checking it out.

It’s funny you know, when this wine arrived it seemed to be just a part of the group. It  stood out from the others because of the darkish label but I sensed it didn’t consider itself special, pretentious or the ‘man of the moment’ wine. A humble bugger if you like. Yet it has every reason to stand on the top step of the Huntington Estate wine staircase with its hands on its hips and nose in the air.

It’s no different when it comes to drinking this wine. It clearly shows how good it is but in such a cool, calm and collected way.  It doesn’t appear rushed either.  Delivering a lot to the senses slowly and precisely I wondered when it was going fade. The fruit is bright and youthful and I’m guessing it’s hardly developed since it was conceived.

The palate is lovely, rich and smooth without being full bodied. Darker fruits appear, plums as well and some delicate sweetish stewed blueberries add a nice touch. I assume this is the ‘basket dried’ method doing its bit, and if it is, I like it a lot.

Huntington Estate Website

Region: Mudgee, NSW.    Price: $75    Source: Sample courtesy of Huntington Estate and Define Wine

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