This Shiraz honours Thomas Newte Yule, who in 1836 was part of a syndicate of three British army officers who together purchased the northern half of a large land-holding in the Swan Valley. The property was named Houghton after the most senior of the trio – Lieutenant Colonel Richmond Houghton. During Thomas Yule’s management, the first vines were established. This Shiraz is sourced from the Frankland River wine-growing region - renowned for producing some of the best examples of Shiraz in Western Australia.
The Shiraz grapes for this wine are grown on the Justin vineyard in the Frankland River region of Western Australia. Sourced from vines planted in 1970, the fruit contributes to producing a wine of considerable depth and complexity truly reflecting its place of origin.
The 2013 vintage was a strong vintage for the Great Southern region. Moderate winter rainfall in 2013 followed by an extended warm and dry summer meant that flavour accumulation in the berries was gradual while adequate water reserves ensured that the fruit retained freshness and enabling the fruit to be harvested in optimum condition.
The fruit for this wine was hand harvested and hand sorted before crushing to small traditional open top fermenters. A three day cold maceration preceded indigenous fermentation. This process contributes to the texture and complexity of the resulting wine. At dryness, the wine was pressed to tank before transfer to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
Maturation in Burgundy coopered French oak barriques and puncheons lasted for 14 months before the components were assessed and blended prior to filtration and bottling. The resultant wine displays lovely perfumed fruit, vibrant flavour and elegance.
Dark ruby red in colour, this wine displays bright, lifted blueberry and raspberry fruits. Hints of black pepper and liquorice with nuances of spicy vanillin oak round off the bouquet. The palate is medium to full-bodied with intense fruit flavours. A firm tannin structure with a soft acid balance frame a rich mid palate that leads to a long and sustained finish. While this wine will drink well now, it will benefit from extended cellaring over the next 10 – 15 years.