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2013 Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Expert Reviews

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
97
The Wine Front (2013 Vintage) says
Deep, dark, dense, rare minerally core, perfume of lavender and gum leaf, black olive, dark cherry and dark chocolate, with gentle mocha oak in support. Medium to full bodied, fine point chocolate and inky tannin, clean length. Slight, but noticeable pepperiness on the finish. It’s a very purple tasting wine, boysenberry and the like, if you take my meaning. It’s a very good Jack Mann too, though it’s fair to say, I’ve never had a bad one.
2018 - 2025+
95
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.
to 2040
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
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
An especially stylish, fine-grained and elegant expression of the Jack Mann style scented with sweet red cherries, berries, cassis and plums backed by finely integrated chocolate/cedary oak and lifted by aromas of rose petals and violets. Its plump, juicy expression of intense black and red berry fruit knits seamlessly with polished oak and smooth, silky tannins, finishing with a lingering core of flavour. Give it at least a decade.
2020-2028+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
95
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Black olive cabernet scents with a real delicacy despite being a massive wine, full of fruit and beautifully extracted, silky seamless tannins, smooth, very long and each mouthful lasts 30 seconds. Old school quality with the 2008 showing a deep vibrant colour that is still quite young. The aromas are a big solid edifice full of fine oak and regional black currant fruit and a lick of formic acid. The mouth filling black currant flavours are supported by silky tannins and driven by oak. Still so young when tasted in 2012.
2037
Rob Geddes MW
94
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
Jack lives on. Blackcurrant, roast capsicum and sage fruit is walled in boy firm, taut tannins that demand at least a decade to uncoil. A better bottle may warrant and even higher score (cork variation).
WBM Wine 100 2011
95
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
97
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
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Very polished indeed - a fine marriage between excellent fruit, newish oak and firm tannins. It's dark and smoky, scented with violets, cassis, dark plums, cedar and dark chocolates with hints of vegetal malbec. Deep, sumptuously layered, its firm very fine-grained and still faintly closed palate is assertively oaked, but brings the length and depth of fruit to achieve a high measure of balance.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
95
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
A complex and really deeply ripe cabernet from the Great Southern region of Western Australia, a source of proven ageworthy cabernet wines. The nose offers cassis and drying leafy aromas, some purple florals and gentle oak. On the palate come fine yet dense tannins, served up in layered, balanced shape and made to go the distance. Superb.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Black olive cabernet scents with a real delicacy despite being a massive wine, full of fruit and beautifully extracted, silky seamless tannins, smooth, very long and each mouthful lasts 30 seconds. Old school quality with the 2008 showing a deep vibrant colour that is still quite young. The aromas are a big solid edifice full of fine oak and regional black currant fruit and a lick of formic acid. The mouth filling black currant flavours are supported by silky tannins and driven by oak. Still so young when tasted in 2012.
Rob Geddes MW
95
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
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Black olive cabernet scents with a real delicacy despite being a massive wine, full of fruit and beautifully extracted, silky seamless tannins, smooth, very long and each mouthful lasts 30 seconds after swallowing.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
93
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.
96
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
97
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
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A smooth, willowy cabernet underpinned by the finest of tannins and creamy, cedary oak. Its restrained bouquet of red and black berries, sweet dark cherries, cassis and violets precedes a slightly minty expression of pristine fruit and tightly integrated oak. It finishes long and persistent, with spotless balance and intensity.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
95
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
Black olive cabernet scents with a real delicacy despite being a massive wine, full of fruit and beautifully extracted, silky seamless tannins, smooth, very long and each mouthful lasts 30 seconds after swallowing.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
94
Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says
A far more elegant and less massively structured wine than previous vintages. Poised expression of Cabernet from the Great Southern with silky fine though firm tannins, supporting some ripe tobacco leaf blackcurrant dominant fruit. (change to: ripe black currant dominant fruit with a subtle overlay of tobacco leaf.) A little cedary oak adds some complexity. A stylish and refined Jack Mann.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
First tasted in Mar '05 and given a towering 96 points. Still a massive wine; disconcertingly, tannins give the impression they will outlive the fruit, however much of the latter is there. Quite possibly going through a dip in its development curve.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A deep, closed, brooding and rather old-fashioned wine with dark, minty aromas of cassis, plums and violets tightly knit with sweet vanilla and cedary oak. It's long, very firm and tight-fisted, with a dark, powerful core of concentrated fruit firmly wrapped around an astringent spine of drying, powdery tannin. Give it plenty of time to breath if you're thinking of opening it before It's really ready.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
94
Campbell Mattinson (2001 Vintage) says
The 2001 Frankland River vintage was the driest on record (at the time). As a result, there is less shiraz and malbec in the blend than usual - this release is ninety-six per cent cabernet sauvignon. By contrast, the 1999 was thirty per cent malbec. This wine spent twenty-four months in new French oak. 2001 RELEASE Big bodied wine but its tummy is tucked in tight, its significant fruit weight well and truly tightened by monster arms of tannin. Let's be straight though: this wine bristles with flavour, the spectrum of it encompassing licorice, cassis, mint, cedar and (trust me) vanilla custard. It needs a long decanter to get it to relax, or preferably a number of years in the cellar. DRINK 2011-2024.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
94
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; scented, vibrant and lively fruit on the bouquet, then a palate flooded with cassis, blackberry, blackcurrant, and also juicy berry from the malbec component; beautifully balanced and structured.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
96
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
Matched to cedar/chocolate oak, its sweet earthy, leathery and vegetal malbec-influenced aromas of dark plums, prunes and currants push the limits of genuine fruit ripeness. Robust and sinewy, this firm and leathery wine reveals some advancing red berry qualities and some excessive vegetable-like malbec flavour. Rather disappointing and clumsy, with too much tired meaty fruit, and too much malbec.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
86
Ray Jordan (2000 Vintage) says
A fitting tribute to this great wine maker and this is one of the best. Supremely structure with complex fruit that's integrated nicely with quality oak, and ripe substantial tannins. This is built and structured for long term cellaring, yet such is the balance and finesse, that it does drinking well even at this absurdly young stage in its life. A glorious statement of the best that Houghton can do
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
95
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
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Strong purple-red; fine blackcurrant/cassis fruit with subtle oak on the bouquet is followed by a palate with excellent balance and focus, centred on cassis/blackberry fruit supported by ripe tannins and restrained but positive oak. A wine of the highest quality, although I don't think the label works or does justice to the wine. Multiple trophy winner, including Tucker Seabrook Caon Trophy.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
95
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
The bouquet is rich, complex and concentrated; abundant ripe dark berry and chocolate fruit, and sumptuous oak. The palate is flooded with sweet raspberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, balanced by tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
95
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Dark, dense red; an immensely powerful and deep bouquet with earth, briary, chocolate and vanilla oak is followed by a very rich and wonderfully sweet palate, luscious yet not jammy, with the fruit and oak totally welded together.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
95
James Halliday (1994 Vintage) says
Medium to full purple-red; the bouquet and the palate both show marvelously handled, balanced and integrated oak seamlessly woven through the wine. There are aromas of plum and mulberry in the background, but with cedar, vanilla and spice to balance that fruit. It is on the palate that the wine shows its ultimate class, with those fine-grained supple tannins which are almost sweet, or creamy, and which invite mouthful after mouthful.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
95

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