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Graeme Melton and a mate were travelling across South Australia in 1973, their EH Holden was in dire need of maintenance and Graeme took up casual work at a passing winery. The site supervisor was Peter Lehmann and young Graeme had his epiphany on the road to Barossa Valley. Lehmann suggested that Graeme change his name to Charlie and take the pilgrimmage to Vallee Rhone. Charlie became prepossessed with the culture of old vines Grenache, Shiraz and Mourverdre. He returned to the Barossa, at a time when old vineyard fruit was made into flagon Port and growers were destroying their historic sites in return for government grants. Charlie emabarked on a crusade.. Melton makes a mean mourvedre»
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Houghton Crofters Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Frankland River Western Australia
Crofters were Scottish tenant farmers who shared the proceeds of harvest with their landlord. Still functional at the Houghton wineworks, is a restored historical homestead of Crofter design. Today, the Houghton team remains at the forefront of viticultural expansion and innovation throughout the premiere winegrowing precincts of Western Australia. It's a well kept secret that Frankland River yields a quality of Cabernet Sauvignon that's world class and second to none. Crofter sings in complete harmony with it's resonant fruit and long delving finish.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$227.00
Houghton own and operate significant vineyard holdings in most of WA's premier appellations, the winemakers retain access to an exhaustive catalog from which to source the pick of Cabernet Sauvignon. Close management of vines and a holistic approach to viticulture make a major contribution to the ultimate quality of wine. Parcels are assembled from choice Frankland River sites, treated to vinification through the action of wild yeasts in traditional open top fermenters and gently pressed off skins at dryness into a selection of French oak barrels, for completion of malolactic and an extravagant sixteen months maturation.
Dark red, scarlet hues. Lifted aromatics of black olive and cassis, dark currants and blueberry are supported by the cedar and spice of French oak. Fruit forward palate of raspberry and cassis, loganberry and black bramble fruit flavours, supported by fine tannins and firm acidity, a wine of superb texture and splendid length.
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