The prodigious Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon is another single vineyard articulation of Cabernet in the Houghton stable. On this occasion, however, the fruit hails from the Justin Vineyard in Frankland, deep in the Great Southern. Planted in 1971, the vineyard’s original cuttings were derived from a fabled patch of Swan Valley fruit at the original Houghton site. A perennial favourite of the Langton’s Classification, this sturdy red is rated ‘Outstanding’ due to a name that communicates pedigree as much as a wine marked by tapenade, currant, sage, anise, lavender and mocha, rolling across the palate with such authority that its destiny is clear: complexity, length and an intensity worthy of the great winemaker for which it is named. Huon Hooke speaks in glowing terms, noting ‘a splendid Cabernet that already shows complexity and promises to age superbly.
Stately wine of density, impact and richness yet a sense of tension, length and saline-herbal savouriness. Olive tapenade, ripe plum, tobacco, choc-vanilla mousse, cassis and lavender characters come to mind. Builds and builds with each sip, very concentrated and yet seems to spread quite broadly in the palate, with chocolatey, wide-grain tannins lending a hand. No denying the powerful cabernet credentials though. Big, serious, wine of distinction and density. One for the mantlepiece, and a big decant.
94+ points, The Wine Front (August 2021)
Very deep, bright purple/red colour, with a concentrated cassis bouquet, fresh and youthful, with lifted aromatic notes suggesting blackberry, dried herbs, blueberry and a faint hint of peppermint, while the flavour is mouth-filling and concentrated in its intensity. Masses of fine, appropriately firm tannins coat the mouth, all components in harmony. A splendid cabernet that already shows complexity and promises to age superbly. (From the Justin vineyard)
97 points, The Real Review (July 2021)
A juicy red with blackcurrant, blackberry and graphite aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied, yet balanced and polished. Nicely crafted.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (October 2021)