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September 18, 2019

Huntington Estate was established in Mudgee in 1969 by former Sydney lawyer Bob Roberts. After his retirement in 2006, Tim Stevens and his wife Nicky, who owned the adjoining Abercorn Winery, purchased Huntington Estate and continued the tradition of making wines of superb quality with consistency to match. The grapes going into the 2015 Mudgee Huntington Estate Special Reserve Shiraz came off Block 1 and 2 vineyards with the original plantings celebrating 50 years this year. This wine displays a deep purple colour with a fading pink rim around the edge of the glass. The nose offers rich berry combined with French oak, and mocha and chocolate notes. The palate is full-bodied with ripe varietal fruit flavours such as mulberry; raspberry and black-

currant flavours gathering in the glass. All this is enhanced by nicely handled oak, which adds to the complexity and structure of the wine. The wine displays richness and with firm tannins still evident it will become even better with time. It comes highly recommended for that someone who appreciates the finer things in life. (rrp $42)

Trentham Estate is situated at Merbein, 12km north-west of Mildura, and was established in 1909 by the Murphy family who had migrated from Ireland and were one of the first to establish vineyards in in this region. The 2019 Trentham Estate The Family Pinot Grigio offers a light green lemon colour. The nose displays subtle green apples, lemons and white pear. The fruit on the palate is the same as found on the nose along with zesty citrus and mouth-watering acidity. This wine, in my book, is what pinot grigio should be — balanced with all the structural components (acid, alcohol, sugar, fruit) coming together and giving my palate an enjoyable wine experience. It’s a ripper of a wine and an absolute delight to enjoy with some grilled or pan-fried white fish and mixed salad minus the dressing. (rrp $18)

Also from Trentham Estate comes the 2018 The Family Nero D’Avola. This red grape variety originates in Sicily and is sparsely planted here in Australia. This variety likes the warmer climes, in keeping with its ancestral home. Its vibrant red/purple colour with pink hue draws you in. Red and black fruits come together on the nose. Deep black cherry, spice and cassis come to the fore on the palate with oak/tannins showing through. This wine is full-bodied with bold flavours dominating both the nose and palate. It’s a different grape variety for those who like to experiment. (rrp $18)

Angullong at Millthorpe is a relative newcomer to the Australian wine industry with vines first planted in 1998. The winery is owned and operated by the Crossing family and produces an extensive list of wine styles with a number of them being of Italian descent. The 2016 Angullong Cabernet Sauvignon (Orange) is a vibrant purple colour with a bright pink rim, indicating youth. The nose is awash with both dark and red fruits with a whiff of French oak sitting nicely in the background. The palate is dry and fruit driven. The fruit on the finish lingers and this medium-bodied wine displays a fine tannin structure. (rrp $22)

Jip Jip Rocks 2017 Shiraz/Cabernet from Padthaway, South Australia, has a lively purple colour with an active pink hue. This red blend offers myriad red and blackberry fruits on the nose. On the palate, the wine is showing red and blackcurrant fruits, black pepper and eucalypt flavours also come through, as does the French oak. The tannins are nicely balanced and are integrated into the wine. This wine finishes dry and full-bodied with lots of ripe fruits dominating. (rrp $21)

Jim McMahon teaches hospitality at Sutherland TAFE

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