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 2017 vintage in Western Australia was characterised by persistent warm and dry conditions punctuated by several rain events during harvest. A return to healthy rainfall levels in the preceding winter and a wet, cool spring resulted in healthy vines carrying a slightly higher than average crop. This meant that the ripening and picking
times were three weeks later than the short term average. The weather conditions resulted in the harvest of Shiraz at full flavour ripeness with lower sugar levels.
The fruit was machine harvested at flavour ripeness and then gently crushed to ferment. Fermentation on skins in static fermenters lasted between 7-9 days. Following fermentation, the wine was gently pressed off skins and then matured on French oak for seven months before being blended and bottled. The 2017 Houghton Shiraz is an
excellent example of West Australian Shiraz displaying typical characteristics of red berry fruits with violet floral notes, cinnamon and clove spice.
The colour is a brilliant dark red with purple hues. Intensely aromatic, the Houghton Shiraz displays cherry and blueberry fruit combined with black forest, cinnamon and white pepper spices. The palate is bright and flavoursome showing cherry, dark chocolate and white pepper spice, light oak chariness with silky fine grained tannins provide good length and structure.