Shiraz Frankland River Western Australia
Three British Army officers, in their capacity as agents of the East India Company, established one of Western Australia's first agricultural enterprises in 1836. Named after Captain Richmond Houghton, it was not until Thomas Yule's stewardship that vines were planted and the first vintage of Houghton wine flowed in 1859. Thomas Yule now sources fruit from the eminent Justin Vineyard in Frankland River, a dark ruby Shiraz of lifted liquorice and intense brambleberry, seasoned by piquant pepper notes and supported by a length of exceptionally fine tannins.
Available in cartons of six
Grapes are all hand harvested and hand sorted, crushed into traditional small open top fermenters and treated to three days of cold maceration. Batches are vinified to wild indigenous yeasts, upon completion to dryness, ferments are pressed and filled into a selection of Burgundy coopered French oak barriques for secondary malolactic and fourteen months maturation before assemblage. The inclusion of Malbec rounds out the palate and introduces wonderful complexity.
Dark ruby red. Bright, lifted blueberry and raspberry fruits, hints of black pepper and liquorice with nuances of spicy vanillin oak rounding off the bouquet. The palate is medium to full bodied, filled with an intensity of lozenge fruit flavours. A firm tannin structure with a soft acid balance frame a richly proportioned Shiraz, a long, sustained finish.