Houghton was founded in 1836 by a syndicate of British Army Officers and named after the most senior of the three – Lieutenant Colonel Richmond Houghton. Throughout its history, Houghton has build an enviable reputation shaping the Western Australian winemaking landscape.
The 2016 vintage in Western Australia was characterised by persistent warm to hot and dry conditions early in the season. The lower than average rainfall experienced in the preceding winter and spring was well below average. These weather conditions resulted in the harvest of fruit in excellent condition.
The fruit was machine harvested in the cool of night to retain flavour and freshness. Fermented on skins in static fermenters for ten days the wine was gently pressed off skins and completed alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tank. The wine was then racked and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. Following malolactic fermentation the wine spent 8 months maturation with French oak before select parcels were blended and prepared for bottling. The 2016 Houghton Cabernet Shiraz Merlot is a classic Houghton style. Easy drinking, bright and fruit driven, with fine tannins.
The colour is a brilliant dark red with a scarlet hue. The nose displays intense aromas of dark cherry, red currant and blackberry fruits with hints of dried bay leaf, mint and subtle toasted vanillin oak. The flavoursome fruit driven palate showcases typical leafy black currant, red fruits and a hints of oak derived spice. Fine tannins and supple acidity lend structure and length. A wine to be enjoyed upon release, or will reward those who patiently cellar for 3-5 years.