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Houghton Stripe Range Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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Houghton's have been around since Adam was a pup - at least that's how it feels! There would be many an Aussie who lost their wine virginity to a Houghton Stripe Range wine, and if it wasn't the Classic Dry White, then it is this one. Hailing from W.A, it shows intoxicating tropical fruit salad smells on the nose, and it's pretty much the same on the palate. It's all wrapped up in bright, balanced acidity and a full-on yellow citrus finish that will have you licking your lips whilst reaching for a refill. Awesome with seafood or Thai fishcakes.

Winemaker's Notes

Bright and youthful in appearance the wine displays exceptional clarity. Refreshing and lively. This vintage is a classic Western Australian blend, generous tropical fruit flavours of passionfruit, pineapple and guava combine with long and lingering citrus flavours.

Enjoy with baked lemon chicken with ricotta and spring vegetable puree or favourite barbequed seafood.

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Houghton Stripe Range Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
88
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Has every bit as much to offer as the Sauvignon Blanc, with a delicately fragrant, gently tropical bouquet, then picking up pace on the palate, with gooseberry and citrus fruit to the fore.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
This wine has an impressive history of show success and this vintage might just be the best yet. Lively crunchy tropical fruits kept lean and tight with a fine acid. The dusty snow pea and light grassy herbaceousness is very appealing while the flavoursome palate carries on forever.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
90
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
At last my brother's favourite, this consistently good WA white blend, is sealed with screwcaps. No more grumbles about corked wines. The 2007 is more restrained, delicate and subtle than usual: the flavour is there, it just needs time to open up.
Quaff 2009 2008
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Smells of passionfruit and canned peas with a lovely floral lift. Great varietal punch to the creamy, smooth palate - delicious!
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Fresh, lively, tangy/citrussy aromas; lemon juice and lemon sherbet flavours; lively and fresh, good finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
Once again this brilliant blend has come up trumps: bright green pea aromas, intense, pristine, green bean, green pea and grassy flavours with some tropical notes, and passionfruit lingering on the zingy finish. It's soft, round and vibrant in the mid-palate and almost jumps out of the glass with freshness. Amazing value - even if you're paying full price.
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light-bodied; attractive passionfruit, herb and gooseberry aromas and flavours; outstanding value.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
This is a superb wine that would easily have notched up the big five stars except for the fact that it is secured under a cork (and that's because the standard Houghton bottle can't get a screwcap into it). Which means, as I think I may have hinted elsewhere in this book, that try as they might they just can't guarantee your bottle will be as good as mine was. And mine was good, no doubt about it.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2006 2006
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2004 Vintage) says
The 2003 vintage was our Quaff White Wine of the Year and we believe that the 2004 is just as good. The judges at the Perth Sheraton Awards wimped out and only awarded it the silver medal, even though it was the top-pointed wine. No such reservations at the Perth Show two weeks later when the judges gave it three trophies, including Best West Australian Wine. We love its pristine freshness, tropical fruit and cool zesty grassy flavours and its lingering aftertaste. Bargain.
Quaff 2005 2004
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A faintly funky, powerful and complex wine, full of character.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87
Ray Jordan (2003 Vintage) says
Pure and precisely focused. This is a classy blend of these varieties with the tropical fruits and dusty herbaceous characters merging perfectly into a lovely fresh zingy wine for current drinking
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
91
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2001 Vintage) says
The large Houghton winery has drawn on its vast vineyard resources across Western Australia to produce this lovely, light but mouth-watering, crisp but juicy white wine, full of fruit flavours like passionfruit, blackcurrant and grapefruit. Yet another example of a wine that Western Australia has virtually turned into its signature white wine style.
Quaff 2002 2001
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; tropical passionfruit aromas intermingle with slight burnt match characters. The palate is clean, but lacks the intensity of the better wines and better vintages of this style.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
81
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; clean, light, crisp and fresh, but not having as much fruit intensity as in previous years. The palate is the same; may, however, develop with time.
Australian Wine Companion 1998 1997
0

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