Houghton honours Jack Mann’s contribution with this single-vineyard wine from WA’s prized Frankland River region. Cool winters, warm summer days and cool summer nights, along with some of the world’s oldest soils, contribute to a wine of outstanding intensity, structure and balance. With cellaring potential of more than 10 years, this is a wine of elegance, fruit flavour and power, balanced by soft, fine tannins.
This is the flagship label in Houghton’s fine wine collection. It was first crafted in 1994 and already holds the distinction of being ‘Langton’s Classified’, recognising it as a select Australian wine that continues to appreciate in value at fine wine auctions.
- WA - Frankland River
- Western Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon 96%, Malbec 3%, Shiraz 1%. Shiraz did you say? Outrageous! Sent as a cleanskin, as it’s not labelled yet.
Blackcurrant, blackberry, aniseed, gum leaf, dark chocolate, tobacco, pencils. Very firm in the mouth with abundant black fruit, clear acidity and an imposing tannin structure. Commanding wine. Very long. Not red hot on the eucalypt notes, but it comes with the territory, and gee it’s bloody good regardless. I’d say it will cellar as long as you want to keep it. Feel the power. Respect My Authoritah! Rating 95+, Drink 2017 - 2035+ Gary Walsh, Wine Front (AUG/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
The wine is dense in colour, being deep purple-red with a bright scarlet hue.
The bouquet has intense aromatics of blackberry, cassis and dark berry fruits, black olive and hints of mint with dark chocolate and fine cedary French oak.
The palate is full-flavoured, rich, intense and complex. Concentrated, classic varietal fruit flavours are evident and supported by integrated fine French oak. The plush sweet fruit flavours are long on the palate and supported by the firm, fine tannin structure. A beautiful wine in every respect.