Houghton Gladstones Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
- Rich, full-bodied
- Margaret River
Generally speaking, the headliner cabs from Margaret River are bright, rich and varietal with well-integrated tannins. Upon tasting Houghton’s latest release of their iconic Gladstones cabernet, I immediately thought of Bordeaux rather than Margs. There’s a subtlety and structure to the wine and it’s a bit more medium-bodied than a lot of its regional brethren. It’s exceptionally elegant and balanced with not a single hair out of place. The fruit is there in the form of blackberry and cassis, but it’s the secondary herbal characteristics and hints of graphite from the oak that really carry the day. Just an absolutely compelling wine that has decades ahead of it. Truly something special. No wonder James Halliday gave it 98 points.
“From a dry-grown single vineyard in Wilyabrup. Selectiv'-harvested or hand-picked and sorted, open-fermented 10 days, basket-pressed, matured for 15 months in French barriques. A long-established classic Margaret River cabernet, every step along the way precisely measured.”
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Margaret River is as elusive as it is beautiful, such that you really need to visit to truly grasp its haunting beauty. Über-premium Cabernet, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends grow here. 'Margies' only produces 3% of the country's grapes, but commands over 20% of its premium wine market, and hasn't had an off vintage since 2006. You start to realise how often this region is overlooked when you can list brands like Leeuwin, Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, and Voyager, not to mention Cullen, Pierro, Moss Wood, and Deep Woods. It's safe to say that it's time for a revisit.
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