Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 750ml (Great Southern, WA)
One word – legend. Jack Mann served Houghton for a remarkable 51 consecutive vintages. His determination to create wines of intensity, elegance and regional character have inspired a generation of Australian winemakers to achieve great things. Simply one of this country’s greatest Cabernets, this wine is not just single vineyard fruit, the selection process is so rigorous that often it is just a few rows from the Justin Vineyard. Such is the reverence for that great man – Jack Mann.
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).