Houghton Stripe Range Wines: Unbeatable value in 2022

Houghton Stripe Range Wines: Unbeatable value in 2022

Barry Weinman: 10th June 2022

Under the ownership of Accolade, there have been a lot of changes at Houghton. But fortunately for wine drinkers, the quality of the wines has not seemed to suffer, be it at the premium end with wines such as Jack Mann, or at the affordable end of the pricing spectrum.

In this tasting, the panel were blown away by the quality of the wines in the stripe range. These wines are excellent everyday drinking, but when you consider that they can be bought for as little as $7 per bottle, they must surely be some of the best value wines sold in Australia.

Ok, so they are not the most serious wines, but for a mid-week pasta night, you can’t go wrong!


Houghton – Stripe Range – Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon – 2021. I like the balance of fruit and supple texture here. This is mouth-filling, with gentle viscosity and crunch acidity carrying the length of the palate. Very satisfying drink for when the focus is on the food, or life in general. 89pts.

Houghton – Stripe Range – White Classic – 2021. This is quite neutral on opening, with subtle depth and weight. This is an intriguing wine in that the drinking pleasure it delivers is greater than a sum of its parts. History suggests that a few years in the bottle will see this flesh out nicely. 91pts.

Houghton – Stripe Range – Shiraz – 2018. From an excellent WA vintage, this has bright red berry fruit, with just a touch of earthiness and gentle plum. Savoury spice notes predominate on the palate, with chalky tannins adding texture. Nothing fancy, but a very good drink. 91pts.

Houghton – Stripe Range – Cabernet Sauvignon – 2019. Fresh, vibrant, juicy and succulent. Gentle savoury oak and fine tannins add to the appeal. This could be the perfect mid-week pasta wine for those who don’t want to spend a bomb. 91pts.