2019 Houghton Gladstones Cabernet Sauvignon
The Houghton Gladstones Cabernet Sauvignon honours renowned viticulturist and long-time supporter of Houghton, Dr. John Gladstones. In 1965 John published a scientific paper identifying the suitability of the Margaret River region to produce premium wine grapes. His importance as a viticultural researcher was recognised in 2008 when he received the Maurice O'Shea Award for outstanding contributions to the wine industry.
The 2019 vintage in Frankland River was characterized by persistent cool and dry conditions leading into a later than average commencement to harvest. The weather conditions resulted in the harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon at full flavor ripeness with fine structured tannins.
Brilliant, dark red in appearance with tinges of purple, this wine displays bright aromatics of ripe plum fruits, cassis, bay leaf and dried herbs with hints of toasted oak chariness and subtle mocha spice. A full-bodied and highly structured wine showing classic varietal characters of cassis, plum and tobacco. The rich and dense fruit are balanced by ample fine grained tannins providing structure and the backbone for longevity. An exceptional wine with outstanding structure, flavour and complexity that has the balance and poise to age for up to 15 years.