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Houghton Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon

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Houghton Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Revealing the crushed leaf and red fruit character that is often a hallmark of the region on the bouquet; the palate is medium to full-bodied with seductive charry oak notes; will drink well from the moment it is released and well in to the future.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Very stylish and charmingly balanced, with a deeply scented bouquet of rose petals, sweet red and black berries and resh cedar/vanila oak backed by nuances of dried herbs and blood plums. Supple and silky, its long, juicy palate of pristine small berry/cherry fruit knits tightly with fine, pliant tannins, finishing with a measured and refreshing acidity, but a very slight hollowness likely to fill out with time.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright purple-crimson; a significant rise in quality from the varietal; here the cabernet varietal fruit is more intense, and with the autocratic personality shared by the best examples of the variety; it also has cedary French oak, perfectly integrated on the supremely elegant and long palate that finishes with fine-grained tannins
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
An excellent, complete cabernet almost of flagship quality. A heady perfume of almost pinot-like intensity reveals sweet blue and red flowers, piercing notes of small black and red berries and dark cherries knit with fresh cedar/ vanilla/chocolate and faintly gamey oak and backed by nuances of dried herbs. It's deeply flavoured, long and enticing, with a pristine presence of small berries, cherries and dark plums entwined around fresh oak and al dente, loose-knit tannins. Exceptional value!
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Ripe cassis, summer berries and dried leaves with a decary oak veneer and savoury earthy elements. Elegant and approachable withe finely balanced tannins and some vanillan oak spice to close.
WBM Wine 100 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Highly perfumed and pristine cassis and cedar bouquet, showing a lick of black olive and a healthy dose of toasty oak; the palate is tightly wound, fragrant, long and pure, with the fruit swallowing the oak with ease; a very long and healthy future looks assured.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Elegant, measured and stylish, this sweetly fruited and classically proportioned cabernet has a smoky, wild and floral perfume of cassis, blueberries and dark cherries and cedar/vanilla oak, with a long, firmish, fine-grained and tightly layered palate. Its sweet flavours of cassis, dark cherries, raspberries and blackberries neatly mesh with fresh oak, finishing with a lingering balance of vibrant fruit, cedar, dried herbs and fresh acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
No mistaking this is cabernet and no mistaking it's from Margaret River. Remarkable intensity of leafy black currant and a touch of black olive on the nose. The palate is stunningly smooth and elegantly balanced with carefully infused oak standing alongside the firmish tannins. Still a youngster with a bright future.
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Lavish levels of high-quality oak have been used to frame superbly ripe and focused cabernet fruit; the palate has serious intent written all over it, with great depth, layers of texture and fruit, toasty oak, and a long succulent finish with attractive tannins drawing out to conclude.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Captures the essence of this stunning Margaret River vintage. An elegant stylish and thoroughly refined Cabernet that delivers with a control and effortless ease. Fine and silky smooth but with tannins that support, Love the succulent sweet fruit in the middle palate.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Norman Wisdom was a famous English comedian (a fact Walsh mentioned apropos of very little) but these wines are no joke. Houghton make some of Western Australia's best wines, hands down. Lovely. Could drink this all day, and then some. It's bay leafy, mulberried, blackcurranty and chocolatey. It has smooth supple tannins and an almost glossy glide through the mouth. Oooh, this is smooth. It's not a big wine, but it's softly seductive. Nice long finish. Pretty rather than profound.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Strong crimson-red; a gloriously balanced and silky wine in the mouth; has as much blackcurrant and cassis as you could ever wish for. Enough to seduce a pinot lover.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
An exceptional cabernet sourced from Margaret River. This is high class stuff. The bouquet strikes immediately with black currant cedary overtones. The palate is a powerful feast with masses of deep dark fruit intensity delivered with concentration and focus. Still restrained in some ways and will cellar very well.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
An elegant, structured, polished cabernet with restrained but genuine cellaring potential in an older, rather dusty and slightly herbal Bordeaux style. Scented with violets:, cassis, cedar and quite a leafy hint of forest floor, its fresh aromas of sweat berries, cassis and plums are knit with fresh cedar/ vanilla oak. Supple, fine-grained but surprisingly firm and drying, its palate is long and vibrant,
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
More developed than some; a complex, savoury style; threatening to dry out on the finish. GoldWA Wine Show '08.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Still remarkably youthful and fresh; has an array of red and black fruit aromas and flavours on an elegant palate, oak and tannins seamlessly interwoven.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Ray Jordan (2004 Vintage) says
A stunning example of Margaret River Cabernet, which has obviously impressed the show judges with its multi successes. It' so beautifully balanced and elegant, yet there is that long sustained palate of immense power and fruit concentration. Wonderful oak treatment.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Houghton is a great maker of cabernet and, while this is a new label, the tradition continues. We love this. Smoking example of the region's cabernet. It races with flavours of ripe blackcurrant and plum, though it has to be said there's a fair hit of leafy, gravelly character too. You have to really like cabernet to love this, though quality-oak input will help to convince you, adding flavours of coffee and cocoa beans. The aftertaste is of dry tobacco and mint, and there's an engaging juicy acidity. Elegant power.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009

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