This is the essence of Houghton white wine, with all of the character you'd expect.
It's a golden, sun-kissed white of nouguat and peachy fruit that reminds of better, warmer days (ideally by the pool).
Houghton, as one of WA's original producers, have a reputation for maximum flavour, and this wine has line and length, width and breadth.
2018 Reserve Chardonnay Background Information Houghton was founded in 1836 by a syndicate of three British Army Officers and named after the most senior of the three — Lieutenant Colonel Richmond Houghton. Today, Houghton is one of Australia’s finest, oldest and most awarded wineries. The Houghton Reserve range, a fine selection from our premium reserve wines, epitomises Western Australia’s signature varietals. The 2018 vintage in WA was near perfect. A return to average rainfall levels, and a bright sunny Spring period in the preceding year, has resulted in a high quality average yielding crop. Mild summer conditions prevailed throughout theharvest period enabling steady flavour accumulation and ripeness. The Chardonnay grapes are machine harvested at night to optimise fruit freshness. The grapes are then crushed, pressed, and the juice cold settled before racking with a level of turbidity to provide texture and complexity in the resulting wine. Tank fermentation is carefully monitored with temperatures allowed to fluctuate between 15 and 20C. The wine is matured in tank with French oak and lees stirring to impart toasty flavours and creamy texture.
Pale straw with tinges of gold. The bouquet displays primary fruit characters of white peach and citrus, combined with hints of roasted almonds and brioche. Subtle toasted oak and vanilla spice further enhance and provide interest to the aroma. Medium bodied, the palate mirrors the bouquet with fresh and full flavoured stone fruit and citrus characters. Hints of hazelnut and vanilla are derived from extended yeast lees contact and oak maturation, providing texture and a long finish.
Three British Army officers (Thomas Yule, Ninian Lowis and Richmond Houghton) established Houghton in 1836, just four years after the fledgling colony of Western Australia was founded. Their first commercial vintage, produced by Dr John Ferguson in 1859, was a modest 25 gallons. John Ferguson, a Scottish surgeon, purchased the property that year and was winemaker until 1863. His son Charles Ferguson took over the company in 1875. In 1880, Houghton received its first wine award, the 'Order of Merit' at the Great Melbourne Exhibition. This was the first of many triumphs that have paved the way for Houghton to become Western Australia's most awarded winery. The reason Houghton is Western Australia’s most awarded winery has everything to do with the people behind the wines. Home to only 13 winemakers in its entire 180-year history, today’s senior winemaker Ross Pamment, has been part of the Houghton team for almost 30 years and he continues to build on the enviable reputation shaping the Western Australian winemaking landscape.
REGAN DREW - COFFS COAST ADVOCATE
Lemon tart and yellow stone fruit skin, nougat with creamy butter wrap influences. Peach and carrying some mealy elements. Heading into full bodied territory, it has underlying electricity giving just enough voltage before a short, creamy yet medicinal finish. Will finds fans who want a fuller bodied chardy at a lower price point.