Thursday, 19 April 2018

When Merlot isn't served this is a good drop. Houghton's Classic Red

My new favourite steak place - the International on the Water at 1 Epsom Avenue Ascot doesn't server Merlot by the glass... it substitutes its house red the Houghton Classic and although expensive $8 a glass it is a good drop.

Houghton has proudly been established for over 175 years . Their exacting attention to flavour profile and overall balance in their wines that sets Houghton apart .

Named after the 100 year old trademark and sourced from a variety of West Australian vineyards, the Houghton Stripe range epitomises the flavoursome, vibrant style of Houghton . 2013 Vintage The 2013 vintage was another excellent vintage in Western Australia . The south -west experienced below average winter rainfall largely due to mostly dry conditions in both July and August . In the spring that followed, both above average temperatures and rainfall were received .

While the summer of 2012 /13 had above average rainfall this was fortunately all in December and early January . The summer also recorded above average temperatures . These conditions meant that while berry development was rapid there were adequate water reserves to ensure that the fruit retained flavour and freshness . Winemaker’s Notes The fruit was machine harvested when flavour ripe, then crushed and fermented as separate parcels .

Fermentation on skins in static fermenters lasted 10 days . Following fermentation, the wine was gently pressed off skins and then matured on French oak for eight months before selected parcels were blended and bottled . Tasting Notes The colour is a brilliant dark red with a scarlet hue .

The nose displays intensely aromatic primary fruit characters of plums , raspberries and cassis interwoven with dark chocolate, nutmeg and vanilla spice from French oak maturation . T

he flavoursome fruit driven palate showcases red berry fruit flavours combined with hints of wild mint and chocolate . Fine chalky tannins and supple acidity lend structure and length . Vintage 2013 Growing Area Western Australia Winemaker Ross Pamment

Food Suggestion Enjoy with a slow cooked shoulder of lamb or a selection of hard cheeses . [ or medium rare steak. My choice ]