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The mean gravelly soils and invigorating climes of Mount Barker of the Australian southwest, were identified during the 1960s by the world's leading viticulturalists, as a place uncannily similar to the great terroirs and clime of Bordeaux. The pioneering vines of Forest Hill were the first ever planted here, sired from rootstock of ancient Houghton clones, inaugurally vintaged by the illustrious Jack Mann in 1972. The Cabernet and Riesling of Forest Hill were promptly distinguished by multiple trophy victories and praised by gentleman James Halliday as the most remarkable wines to come out of the Australian west. Forest Hill have remained a source of the most profoundly structured, intensely focused, yet softly spoken range of wines. Powerful yet disciplined Cabernet, generously proportioned Malbec, august Chardonnay.. Softly spoken wonders from the west»
Hurtle Walker first picked grapes as a ten year old on the celebrious Magill property in 1900. Apprenticed to the legenderies Monsieur Duray and Leon Mazure, Walker was placed in charge of sparkling wine production for the historic Auldana Cellars at the ripe old age of 21. He saw service as a soldier in World War I and made great wine until 1975. Hurtle Walker's grandson continues the family tradition, partnering with Jimmy Watson winner David O'Leary to acquire the most auspicious Clare Valley vineyards and establish one of the nation's leading marques. Between the two, O'Leary and Waker have claimed every prestigious accolade in the land, a breathtaking tally of dozens national Trophies and countless competition Gold. They remain the quiet achieving tour de force behind the most memorable vintages and outstanding.. The illustrious pair of valley clare»
Stephen George grew up amongst the grape vines, very near the hamlet of Reynella and the nascent Skillogalee in Valley Clare. Both salubrious sites which were originally planted to vine by George senior in 1970. Stephen's pioneering work at Ashton Hills was a major catalyst for the development of Adelaide Hills as an internationally renowned wine growing region. Along with the eminent Brian Croser, Stephen was one of the principals who placed Adelaide Hills on the map, resolved to produce the best Pinot Noir in the country and bring global fame to the Adelaide Hills Piccadilly Pinot style... From the misty chills of ashton hills»

Houghton Wisdom Chardonnay CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Pemberton Western Australia
Have Houghton got Wisdom? You bet, so sayeth Jack Mann, one of Australia's most significant, pioneering winemakers, that when wine reaches the state of sublime, there's no other on earth which can match it! Wisdom is just such a wine, fashioned exclusively from the finest parcels of Pemberton Chardonnay, hand picked from a single site, the very best of Houghton vineyards. A flagship wine of immense stature to accompany the perfect cheese souffle or freshly cooked crayfish, caressed by newburg and amontillado sauce.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$467.00
One of the most mouthfilling Chardonnays to eventuate out of Pemberton, Wisdom has been recipient of the white wine equivelent to the Jimmy Watson trophy, an outstanding achievement. Chardonnay is hand picked into 10Kg picking buckets at varying levels of maturity, taken to the winery and chilled as whole bunches. Fruit is whole bunch pressed in small batches to capture and retain the maximum level of flavours. Houghton has been making wines in the same cellar since the 1850s and has built up it's own population of ambient yeasts. Juices are transferred to a selection of exclusively Burgundy coopered French oak barriques for indigenous yeast ferments and nine months ageing on lees.
Pale straw hue. Lovely complex aromas of peach and lemon citrus with nuances of lemon curd, walnut and oak spice. The palate is vibrant and full flavoured with abundant fruit characters. Finely textured with creamy complexity, derived from extended lees contact, a fine acid finish, bound in rich, creamy textures for a wine great length and exquisite balance.
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