Show goes on for Houghton

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

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.

With John Jens

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