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Houghton Stripe Range Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Here we have another bargain offering from Houghton's that you can buy with loose change. It's a more medium-bodied, lightly-oaked style of red that shows lots of dark cherries, soft spices and a touch of toastiness on the nose. The palate is soft, smooth and sumptuous, with an almost plummy middle, friendly tannins, and a gentle cherry finish. Great with a lamb burger. 

Winemaker's Notes

Deep red in colour with a rich garnet hue, this wine displays lovely cherry, mulberry and black forest fruit aromas, supported by an oak derived clove and cinnamon spice.

The palate is bright, fresh and juicy, and like the bouquet shows cherry and blueberry fruits. Light oak chariness and spice combines with fine grained tannins, and gives the finish good length. The 2011 Houghton Shiraz is an excellent example of West Australian Shiraz.

Enjoy with herb crusted roast lamb, BBQ scotch fillet or hard cheeses.

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Houghton Stripe Range Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
An appealing supple and generous well rounded shiraz punching way beyond its fighting weight. Masses of dark ripe plummy fruit with plenty if neat oak and some firmish supporting tannins. Great value wine for the next couple of years.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Vibrant colour; quite perfumed and attractive, with red and plum fruit and a touch of spice; very juicy but slightly darker on the palate, with good weight, and generous levels of fruit; fine acid to conclude; terrific value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Firm, but not hard, fruit expression, ranging through blackberry, licorice, spice and black pepper; the tannin structure is especially well-executed.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
As ever, great value, punching well above its weight; appealing blackberry fruit; fine tannins, minimal oak; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
This rather firm, unfinished and old-fashioned shiraz has very ripe, jammy and lightly spicy aromas of plums and blackcurrants backed by chocolate/mocha oak. Its porty leathery and chocolate-like flavour is over whelmed by an excessively raw and astringent coating of tannin. Lacks length and brightness.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
86
Campbell Mattinson (2003 Vintage) says
Frankland River is an inland sub-region in southern Western Australia (part of the larger Great Southern region). It has the ability to produce intensely spicy, vibrant, persistent shiraz wines that rival the very best. 2003 RELEASE There's a lot of spice here and a lot of drying tannin too, and while the dose of cherry-plummed flavour is reasonably good, it's just not intense enough to carry the style. It's an awkward wine. It's savoury and spicy, but ultimately unconvincing. DRINK 2008-2014.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
87
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Minty aromas of blackberries, dark plums and cherries are backed by menthol and slightly gluey, cedary oak. Full to medium in weight, it offers a pleasing length of lively and lightly spicy berry/plum: fruit framed by moderately firm, almost sinewy tannins and smoky vanilla oak. Finishes with just a hint of under-ripeness
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A spicy red berry and dark plum shiraz of moderately full weight and pleasing focus. Long, fine-grained and savoury, with some pleasing leathery development but reveals some excessively resiny and gluey oak influences.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
87
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; chocolate liqueur aromas, plus cherry, earth and vanilla on the bouquet are followed by a medium-bodied palate with good length, honest flavour and soft tannins. Particularly good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
86
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Deep red-purple; smooth, deep black cherry fruit with touches of licorice and spice are revealed on the bouquet; the palate has abundant depth and extract, without harshness. Black fruits, spice and a subliminal hint of sweet earth/forest run through the long palate, with oak playing a pure support role. Two gold medals, including 2001 Royal Sydney Wine Show tell only part of the tale. Starred in the 2002 Divine State of Origin challenge.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94

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