Huntington Estate is proud to announce the released two new vintage Chardonnays

In celebration of Mudgee Chardonnay & its place in Australia's wine history

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2016 Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

2016 Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay [©Huntington Estate]

Huntington Estate in Mudgee
Tim Stevens of Huntington Estate
2017 Huntington Estate Chardonnay
Enjoy the award winning wines at Huntington Estate, Mudgee, NSW

 

Mudgee’s Huntington Estate has released two new vintage Chardonnays, the 2016 Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay ($24) and 2017 Huntington Estate Chardonnay ($22).

Mudgee is one of Australia’s oldest wine growing regions, its vinicultural history dating back to 1858. The Australian chardonnay story also began here, with Mudgee’s Alf Kurtz growing unidentified chardonnay cuttings most likely originating from James Busby’s collection.

In the early 1970s, while neighbour and Huntington Estate founder Bob Roberts harvested his fledgling vintages of Shiraz and Cabernet, wine from the Kurtz grapes was made, and labelled, arguably as Australia’s first Chardonnay.

Since these early days, Chardonnay has been through its share of ups and downs. “The wine scene has always been caught up in fashion,” said Huntington Estates’ owner and Chief Winemaker Tim Stevens.

“One day we like unctuous, over-oaked chardonnay, the next we like steely, unoaked chardonnay, and the day after that we hate all chardonnay and the experts tell us we must switch to Riesling. And then came ‘Kath and Kim’...

“Invariably though, as borne out by the statistics, Chardonnay remains the undisputed king of whites – and a well-balanced example is hard to beat. Pinot Grigio and its ilk come and go. Riesling remains popular among the trade who seem to be the only ones actually drinking the stuff because it accounts for less than 10 per cent of white wine consumed.

“The new vintage Huntington Estate Chardonnays are made in a style that has evolved over time, but has its roots in tradition and is guided by the fruit. And I’m delighted to report that the ‘Anything But Chardonnay’ gang presenting at the cellar door have dramatically reduced their ranks in the last year or two.”

The 2016 Huntington Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay spent eight months in seasoned barrels, sitting on lees, stirred twice-weekly to ensure those complex buttery, mouth-filling characters developed fully to complement the stone- and citrus fruit.

Its partner on the other hand was bottled without oak maturation. Made in a lighter, fresher style, the wine reflects a truly great vintage; a full soil-moisture profile and cool growing season ensured our happy old vines were not under pressure to grow quickly.

“If I had to write a recipe for an ideal vintage, 2017 would be the model.”

 

Huntington Estate wines are available from the winery and via huntingtonestate.com.au

 

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  • Mudgee (NSW)

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