Hutton Vale Farm Shiraz 2019
This winery might have been flying under the radar for some time, but if they keep producing stunning wines like their last releases, that won’t last. They use typical winemaking methods such as open top fermenters, extensive maturation for around a couple of years in a mix of new and aged hogsheads and then further time in the bottle before release. This cracking Shiraz is vibrant magenta in colour, with aromas of a mix of both red and darker berries topped by spices, dry herbs, root vegetables and aniseed plus hints of bay leaves, a little graphite and delicatessen meats. There is good intently on the palate and we start to see more chocolate notes emerging. There is also good intensity, right through the palate, with silky tannins on the finish which shows excellent length. This is a wine with a promising future, a good eight to twelve years at least.