Greetings!! Its Red Wine Wednesday with a twist! A little awesome added alliteration for your consideration – yes, its a White Wine Wednesday!
I’ve been kinda busy – too busy for wine really – I know, that’s not really an excuse, but there you have it. I’ve been clearing the garden of the storm damaged trees and fences every weekend for seemingly ages – its all done now, but that’s beer work, not red wine appreciation time.
Anyway, enough waffling – I have a chilled white in a glass waiting for appreciation.
RWWW is Houghtons White ClassicI’ve been to Houghtons Wines before on a work trip – and it was ok. Not brilliant – I wasn’t thrilled with some of the reds, but I remember the whites were ok. The winery is just outside Perth in the Swan Valley, which is pretty good wine country – also home to Sandalford Wines where Jay and I went to see The Proclaimers and the B52’s play in the big outdoor venue they have there.
This wine is a crazy mix of all kinds of grapes, – from the website – Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Riesling, Semillon and Muscadelle. So its a little bit of everything and not much of of any one thing. That’s good and bad. Good – its very drinkable – soft, medium dry, fruity, smooth – almost too good and juice like. The bad – its a bit forgettable.
So, onto the review.
Presentation: It’s a classic understated bottle. I’m not sold on the blue stripe, but it’s simple and upmarket. Plus there’s a little silver ‘winner’ sticker, which is a good sign!
Appearance: Slightly pale straw white. Not as clear as a very dry white and not as a yellow as the mediums – which which would be consistent with the mix of grapes!
Aroma/Smell/Bouquet: Light summer fruit salad with a hint of acidity – lemon and pineapple, mango perhaps. Not over sweet though – it still maintains the clarity of a dry white. Zesty and fresh.
Taste: Summery. soft, juicy, melon, peach but with a tartness underneath. Its very drinkable, and despite the fruity burst, it’s not over sweet.
Finish: It finishes off with a lazy soft melon and leaves the palate clean and ready for the next glass. A bottle would be easy meat on a summer day with some friends.
Verdict: Very quaffable, I just wish it had a little more character.
Score: 7/10. Its pretty good – find some and if you’re in the mood for an easy drink, this won’t let you down.