Houghton Sparkling Classic Pinot Noir Chardonnay Cuvee Brut
I picked this one up for a mere $16 at Chateau Guildford which is fairly cheap for a local bubbles. I think what first attracted me to this bottle was the lack of foil around the cork closure, I think this looks quite cool and funky. Plus it’s one less thing for me to worry about when opening the bottle.
The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes used in this blend were grown in South Eastern Australia and the winemaker for this bubbles was Ed Carr. The grapes were harvested at night when the temperatures were a lot cooler and the grapes were pressed gently.
A light straw colour on the eye with a flicker of green. On the nose it is like a big bowl of freshly made fruit salad with a touch of toast. It is very easy-drinking on the palate and quite interesting as you have the vibrant strawberry flavours coming through from the Pinot and then a refreshing citrus and creaminess coming through from the Chardonnay. Cheap and cheerful!
It is a light and fresh sparkling which would go very well to fresh seafood on Christmas day!
About Houghton Wines in the Swan Valley
Houghton Wines was established right back in 1836, it is one of Australia’s oldest operating wineries! Since this date, Houghton has had 13 winemakers through its doors which is not that many over all those years.
The winemaker to change the course of the industry was in 199 when Jack Mann at only 16 years old began his winemaking apprenticeship at Houghton under the guidance of his father, George. Jack did 51 consecutive vintages at Houghton’s and he really did bring amazing passion and creativity to the Western Australian wine scene.
In 1880 Houghton actually won one of the very first wine awards in the country, the ‘Order of Merit’ at the Great Melbourne Exhibition. Houghton is the 10th largest wine brand in Australia and sources grapes from wine regions all over Australia.
Want to know more about Houghton Wines?
- HoughtonWines website
- Houghton Wines Facebook page
- Address: 148 Dale Road, Middle Swan WA 6056
- Phone: 08 9274 9540 (cellar door)
- Email: [email protected]
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