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Sold OutColin Angas was quick to realise the potential for the Eden Valley to be an exceptional region for Riesling, and planted a vineyard on gentle slope in the 1960’s. Whilst considered a single vineyard, there are two distinct sections. The top section planted on the leanest soils and more exposed to the wind produces very tightly structured fruit with crisp, vibrant acidity. The bottom section, on deeper, more vigorous red soils produces plumper bunches of fruit that showcases more fresh aromatics and citrus zing. The 2019 Eden Valley vintage enjoyed warmer days, yet night time temperatures were cooler than average. Hutton Vale Farm is renowned for some of the lowest yielding vineyards in the district and this vintage was no different with low yields of smaller, yet concentrated berries
There’s a great story about this Grenache vineyard, planted by Colin Angas in the 1960’s. The soil here was so tough that some of the new plantings, probably 10% of the vineyard block, failed to take to their new home and had to be replaced. New cuttings were hastily acquired…which time revealed to be Mataro! That no one ever thought to start over (yet again) is brilliant fortune as the Mataro makes a ripper partner for the Grenache. The 2016 winter was considered a wet year which suited our dry grown vineyards, however a cool and windy spring delayed flowering and dictated below average yields. A kind summer with some well-timed rain contributed to overall vineyard health and grape condition. After hand-picking, the Grenache (85%) and Mataro (15%) were destemmed and fermented on skins for six days then matured in a combination of 20% new and 80% seasoned French puncheons for 24 months.
Tasting NotesOn the nose there’s plenty of ripe plum and strawberry playfulness, the beauty and elegance of grenache is immediately apparent. The palate is medium bodied and elegant, loaded with a blend of light and dark red summer fruits, savory nuances and a very fine tannin line finishing soft and supple. Download Full Tasting Note
Hardly anyone was planting Cabernet in the Barossa when the Angas family was establishing their vineyards in the 1960s, so it’s no surprise it took until the late 1990s for the variety to find its way onto Hutton Vale Farm. Whilst it may have been a late starter, the quality of the fruit grown there suggests it has a long future in this part of the world. The Cabernet block was planted in 1998 on a sloping five acre site, where the lean and tough environment dictates low yields – even by Hutton Vale Farm standards…frequently less than a tonne to the acre. Immediately following harvest, the fruit was transferred to open fermenters, fermented cool for 8 days on skins, manually pumped over twice a day for 45 minutes each time, drained and pressed to tank to ferment to dryness. Malolactic fermentation was completed in French Oak barriques (35% new) with maturation for 26 months. A further 20 months in bottle saw them finally ready for release.
Tasting NotesDeep red in colour, the nose is distinctly Cabernet-like with mulberry and blackberry fruit, briary notes and hints of mint backed by French oak, pencil shavings, and wisps of violet. Juicy blackcurrant flavours on the palate are surrounded by velvety tannins, tobacco and spice notes. A long tannin/acid profile to finish is indicative of this wine’s aging potential. Download Full Tasting Note
The pedigree and provenance of the Shiraz vineyards at Hutton Vale Farm is impressive. The ‘old’ block was planted in the 1960s with cuttings taken from the nearby Mount Edelstone vineyard. 50 years or more down the track, the old dry grown vines continue to survive, the dry conditions a perfect foil for the natural vigour of Shiraz. The ‘young’ block was planted to the East in the 1990s on a sloping site in a similarly tough environment, using cuttings taken from the ‘old’ block. 145 dozen produced
Tasting NotesThere’s a generosity of dark red and black fruits, whole black pepper spice and herbs on the nose. The palate is brimming with brooding dark red fruits and salty-savoury liquorice notes that characterise Shiraz from this area. The finish is seamless, fine and long. Shiraz from Hutton Vale Farm has proven cellaring pedigree and should evolve over the next 15+ years. Download Full Tasting Note