Shiraz Frankland Western Australia
Houghton have been making wine for as long as many of the old world's great estates. The peerless quality of their fruit, exacting attention to viticulture, uncompromising excellence in vinification and exquisite balance are qualities which set the wines of Houghton apart. Shiraz was one of Houghton's earliest plantings, a succession of notable viticulturalists and winemakers continued the tradition of developing vines and improving the quality of fruit. The Houghton of today can lay claim to the most splendid Shiraz vineyards in Western Australia.
Lieutenant Colonel Richmond Houghton and a syndicate of British Army Officers purchased land in the Swan River Valley circa 1836. The first commercial vintage came in 1859. Under the guidance and custodianship of legendary winemakers, Houghton has continued to flourish and now retains a bounty of vineyards across the length and breadth of Western Australia's winegrowing regions. Shiraz grapes displaying the requisite varietal characteristics and fine tannin structure are gently crushed before being vinifed on skins in static fermenters for several days. Upon completion, components are gently pressed off skins and matured in a selection of French and American oak barrels for up to a year.
Brilliant dark red with scarlet hue. Intense fresh fruit characters of raspberry, blueberries and black cherry are beautifully complemented by lifted black pepper, clove spice and subtle hints of cinnamon. The palate is rich and full flavoured, peppery plums dominate, supported by a length of savoury, chalky tannins. A regional classic, one of Australia's favourite Shiraz, enjoy alongside rare roast beef or meaty grills.