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2015 Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet

Frankland River

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Our Price: $89.99 / bottle (RRP: $139.99 ) Case: 3 x 750ml

'The wine is full-bodied and firm, but more elegant and graceful than this wine has been in the past. The tannins are there in force as always.'
98 Points - Huon Hooke

  • Houghton was established in 1836, just four years after the fledgling colony of Western Australia was founded. It is one of Australia's oldest operating wineries.

    In 1922, 16-year-old Jack Mann, under the guidance of his father, George, began his winemaking apprenticeship at Houghton. Jack was to become the driving force of Houghton for 51 consecutive vintages. He brought passion, creative genius and an influence that extended far beyond Houghton, to the whole West Australian and Australian wine industry.

    Houghton honours Jack Mann's contribution with this single-vineyard wine from WA's prized Frankland River region. Cool winters, warm summer days and cool summer nights, along with some of the world's oldest soils, contribute to a wine of outstanding intensity, structure and balance. With cellaring potential of more than 10 years, this is a wine of elegance, fruit flavour and power, balanced by soft, fine tannins.

    This is the flagship label in Houghton's fine wine collection. It was first crafted in 1994 and already holds the distinction of being 'Langton's Classified', recognising it as a select Australian wine that continues to appreciate in value at fine wine auctions.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The grapes were hand-harvested, hand sorted, crushed and then fermented in small open top fermenters. The individual ferment’s were conducted with indigenous yeast which contributes to the complexity and texture of the wine. Following eighteen months maturation in new and one -
    year - old French oak barriques, the wines were assessed, blended, filtered and bottled.

    The 2015 vintage of Jack Mann is 98 % Cabernet  Sauvignon blended with
    2% Malbec. The wine is considered to be one of the finest Jack Mann vintages released to date.

    Alcohol 14%

    TASTING NOTES

    The wine is opaque in colour, showing a deep purple-red core with a bright, scarlet hue. The bouquet displays vibrant, lively scented red fruits with crushed leaf, wild mint, cassis, tobacco leaf and blackcurrant aromas with a subtle overlay of chocolate box and cedar oak.

    The palate is full-flavoured with rich and sumptuous layers resulting in a wine with intensity, power and elegance. The dense, firm, fine grained tannin is beautifully integrated with the fruit and oak. Outstanding structure and balance will ensure great ageing potential. The final blend composition is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, and 1% Shiraz.

    With careful cellaring, this wine will continue to develop in complexity over the next fifteen to twenty years.

  • REVIEWS

    'Deep red/purple colour, young for its age. The bouquet is very fragrant, ripe and plummy with violet, dark berry and spice, the merest hint of herbs and they’re more dried than green herbs. The wine is full-bodied and firm, but more elegant and graceful than this wine has been in the past. The tannins are there in force as always but they are refined and supple. Lovely fruit-sweetness in the middle-palate. The wine is marginally lighter, largely due to the vintage, more elegant and less forceful, but this is partly the direction Ross Pamment is pushing the style. The oak seems less evident than past Jack Manns. A fine, stylish, beautiful wine. (94% cabernet, 5% malbec, 1% shiraz).'
    98 Points - Huon Hooke


    'If you're after bankable quality in your cellar then look no further. This is a mighty wine. It has muscle, it has flesh, it melts in your mouth and it triggers your brain too. It's the complete package. It's dark with berried flavour, coated in smoky vanillin oak, alive with spice and earth, and shoots ripples of flavour and tannin out through the finish. Top notch in all respects.'
    96 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion


    'Quiet power, concentration, but a beautiful slip and glide that builds to a gradually chewier pucker. Lavish in perfume of dark berries, plummy fruit, tobacco, undergrowth and mocha-coffee grounds. Spot on. Flavours are gently sweet, tightened with woody spice and drag very long through the palate with firm, silty tannins a feature. It feels pent up despite the sense of generosity, a wine very much in control, rewarding with generous flavour, ready for a long haul in cellar too though. A very impressive release, but needs some time to weave in that wood perfectly, a quibble though.'
    95+ Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front



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