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2013 Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon

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Winemaker's Notes

A fine wine of elegance, fruit flavour and power balanced by firm fine grained tannins, Jack Mann is the finest Cabernet produced by Houghton. Accordingly, it is named after legendary Houghton winemaker Jack Mann, who presided over the winemaking for 51 consecutive vintages at Houghton. Jack’s unrelenting search for flavour and character and his desire to make wine to exacting standards was legendary within the industry.

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2013 Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
The most powerful and concentrated of all the deluxe/icon wines in the Houghton range, a distillation of blackcurrant, black olive, bay leaf and cedary oak, the tannins lined up in a haughty (sorry for the pun) support. No compromise here - the wine would have pleased Jack Mann enormously.
Drink by 2050
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James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
From the single Justin Vineyard in the Frankland River; this speaks of its place of origin even more eloquently than the Gladstones Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. The cabernet is effortlessly focused and powerful, the balance, texture, structure, line and length of this beautiful wine certain to carry it long after I have had my ashes scattered.
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Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011
98
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
This is HoughtonÕs top drawer red wine and what an absolute cracker this 2008 release is. ItÕs still as a tight as a drum as you might expect yet within there is a core of intense and power fruit packed with ripe firm tannin and fine grained oak in support. The palate shows slightly sinewy tannins with an almost angular feel as it powers away on its journey to a very long finish. Will cellar for many years.
The West Australian Wine Guide
97
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Frankland River’s historic Justin vineyard is an outpost of cabernet glory otherwise reserved for the most revered pockets of Margaret River. The fruit that this place has conjured makes 2008 one of the great vintages of Jack Mann, with every detail immaculately placed. A core of brilliant focus of redcurrants and red cherries possesses such an eloquent and restrained appeal that it is captivating right away, yet promises a very long future. Tannins are fine-grained, grippy and beautifully woven, drawing out long and linear into a finish of integrated oak and fantastic persistence.
Wine Taste - Edition 58
97
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Very stable, deep colour; a fine vintage of a very distinguished wine with a great pedigree; faultless blackcurrant cabernet fruit, fine-grained tannins and high-quality oak; very good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
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Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
This may well go down as the finest example of this wine to be released to date. The striking feature is the elegance and poise. Deep within is an immense concentration of fruit but its expresses with finesse and an engaging seamless velvety smooth finish. A wine of polish and charm that will cellar for many years but is probably the most approachable of any Jack Mann when still a youngster.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
97
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A beautiful wine in every respect; purity of classic varietal fruit; texture, structure and length all perfect; fine tannins and integrated oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A world-class cabernet - supremely elegant and tightly knit. Scented with a violet-like perfume of cassis, blackberries and fresh cedar/vanilla and dark chocolate oak, it reveals a hint of mint and dried herbs. It's long, smooth and pristine, delivering a deep and perfectly focused core of intense small black and red berries and dark plums superbly knit with tight-grained oak and firm, drying tannins. It lacks nothing in length and persistence, finishing with classic Dalai ice and structure.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
97
Tyson Stelzer (2004 Vintage) says
Jack is an enigma. Frankland River is perhaps the least likely place for a Swan winery to source its flagship Cabernet. And yet it is always its best, as its tenth anniversary release confirms. Backward, upright and dignified, it ripples with all of the markers of great, age-worthy Cabernet.
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Ray Jordan (2004 Vintage) says
A grand and stylish red that sits at the top of the Houghton tree. It is a supreme example of red wine from the Great Southern. The seamless silky smooth palate conceals a wine of enormous power and intensity. The ripe fine tannins, fine grained oak and supple fruit are perfectly aligned. One of the best in this distinguished line
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
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Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
There's almost always a spot of malbec included in this wine (the 1999 was 30 per cent malbec), but this release has only 4 per cent (similar to the 2001). No matter what the calculations: it's monumentally good - a harmonious wine of indisputable quality. Maybe it's not complex (though it will be in time), but it's savoury, lengthy, stylish, well fruited and full of understated structure. Cherries and currants, vibrant through the finish (the mark of greatness), cedarwood as an aftertaste. Matured in 60 per cent new oak, though as it matured it was transferred into older oak to keep the oak flavours in check.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
96
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
The usual mega-style which manages to avoid being elephantine, simply needing the 20 years or so which Jack believed any red wine worthy of the name required. Layer upon layer of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum fruit, the new oak long since swallowed up, the tannins rendered mute by the thunder of the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
A blend of cabernet sauvignon and malbec from Houghton's Frankland River Justin Vineyard, a true tribute to the wine style of the late Jack Mann. Dense purple-red; the rich and concentrated bouquet oozes sweet blackcurrant/cassis; the huge, ultra-concentrated fruit of the palate is balanced by appropriately firm tannins and lavish oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
97

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