Show goes on for Houghton
FOR a tiny company by national standards, Houghton’s cabernet sauvignons have dominated the national show circuit since the early 2000s with some extraordinary examples.
Houghton’s Frankland River reds alone gained the Champion Wine of the Show Trophy in Sydney four times between 1997 and 2002.
Australia’s senior national wine show is in Canberra each year, where potential entrant wines must win a medal in another major wine show to be eligible.
Houghton-made cabernet sauvignons gained the trophies for Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best Red Wines of Show in each of 2004, 2005 and 2006.
James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion annual rankings by variety also throw light on the largely unknown Houghton cabernet story.
For context, please remember Houghton’s home state of WA produces just 4 per cent of Australia’s cabernet and merlot.
Since the 2003 Halliday Australian Wine Companion edition, in the cabernet family category, Houghton-made wines have produced the highest pointed wines in class on six occasions and have been second or equal-second on two occasions.
In the cabernet sauvignon varietal classifications, Houghton gained the highest rankings on six occasions, were second or equal second twice and third once.
It came fourth or equal-fourth on three other occasions.
In the more recent years of our own masked tastings of Australia’s greatest cabernet sauvignons, the 2011 Jack Mann received 19 points on my card and the 2012 Jack Mann blend received 18.8 points.
Houghton’s 2013 Gladstones cabernet sauvignon has come and gone, with its nine Australian and International gold medals.
Since the 2003 edition, Houghton has dominated each of the cabernet categories in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion’s varietal ratings in a way that no other winery ever has.
On the 2015 National City Wine Show circuit, Houghton-produced wines gained 11 Best of Variety Trophies. Australia’s most successful?
Houghton winemaker Ross Pamment.