Houghton has proudly been established for 180 years. It is our exacting attention to flavour profile and overall balance in our wines that sets Houghton apart. The Crofters range celebrates the vision of our founder C.W Ferguson, who made the Houghton ‘Croft’ homestead, the home of Houghton Wines. This range displays finely crafted, contemporary styles, typical of Western Australia’s premium wine regions.
The 2017 vintage was characterised by persistent warm and dry conditions punctuated with several rain events during harvest which produced Shiraz full of fruit flavour and in sound condition.
For this hallmark regional Shiraz, grapes were sourced from premium vineyards in the Frankland River region. Fruit was fermented in open top fermenters for a period of eight days. The wine was then gently pressed off skins and completed malolactic fermentation on French oak in tank and barrels. Following 14 months maturation, the wine was blended and bottled capturing the distinctive regional Shiraz characters of Frankland River.
This wine is a brilliant deep red in colour, with a vibrant purple hue. The bouquet displays lively aromatics of violets, cherries and Black Forest cake with hints of white pepper and liquorice spices. Hints of vanilla and caramel have been derived from oaked maturation. The palate is bright and fresh bursting with blueberry and cherry ripe characters. The soft, tight grained tannin knits the palate well and provides structure and length to the wine.