2015 Houghton The Bandit Shiraz
2015 Houghton The Bandit Shiraz
(buy 6 or more)
Love it or your money back*
Houghton has such an underrated array of red wines, all pitching at prices that belie the quality in the glass.
Take this cool climate Frankland River Shiraz. It's medium bodied, spicy, polished. It's got class, grunt and everything. Oh and a bunch of trophies and gold medals too. Yet somehow it's sub $20?
We don't get it. But we don't question the pricing - we just greedily buy all we can and recommend you do too!
Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2018
Such a delicious, appealing wine with so much plump fleshy shiraz sourced from down at Frankland River. It’s spicy and savoury with dark chocolate and deep plummy fruit intensity. Smooth palate structure with ripe tannins and ample oak. There’s a real coffee grinds and mocha explosion happening in there too.
Medium weight in a good way. Fruit, texture, tannin and length have all been well accommodated. It tastes of blackberry, cloves, smoky/resiny oak and garden herbs, though berried fruit is the core attraction. Value is far in the buyer's favour here.
Oak and fruit combine well here. The value leaps out at you as a result. It’s medium weight but it works well: black cherry, blackberry even, leather and then resiny, toasty oak. Cloves too. Tannin spreads well through the back half of the wine. Good drinking/cellaring territory here.
Deep, youthful red/purple colour with a bright, fresh, raspberry, star anise and black fruit aroma and flavour. It has a big, solid palate with assertive tannins and a touch of bitterness. The finish and aftertaste are rather firm. It needs more time.
How's it taste?
The wine displays lively aromatic red cherry and berry fruit characteristics with hints of chocolate are complemented with lifted white pepper and subtle star anise spice. Lifted Vanilla bean notes are derived from French oak maturation add complexity. On the palate, bright flavours bursting with cherry, plum and chocolate characters. Maturation with French oak has provided coffee and mocha characters. The soft, tight grained tannins provide structure and length to the wine. A wine to be enjoyed upon release, or will reward those who patiently cellar over the next 5 years.
How was it made?
The Bandit is a premium Western Australian range of wines named after the colourful West Australian bushranger Moondyne Joe, who was captured in the Houghton cellars in 1869. The 2015 vintage was a strong red vintage in Frankland River. The region experienced moderate Spring rainfall in 2014 which set the vines up leading into the ripening period. Extended warm and dry conditions throughout Summer meant that flavour accumulation in the berries was gradual, while adequate water reserves ensured that the fruit retained freshness. Winemaker’s Notes For this hallmark regional Shiraz, grapes were sourced from premium vineyards in the Frankland River region. Fruit was fermented in a combination of static and open top fermenters for a period of eight days. The wine was then gently pressed off skins at dryness and completed malolactic fermentation in French oak. Following 12 months maturation, the wine was blended and bottled.
Who made it?
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.
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Senior Wine Advisor
I love experimenting with wines and encourage our Wine Collective members to try something different all the time. It’s amazing how the same grape variety from 2 different regions made by 2 different wine makers can taste so different. Some wines can be enjoyed on their own while others are better with food. If we all liked the same thing we’d be pretty boring.