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Cabernet Sauvignon is the premium red wine grape variety grown in Western Australia. The high quality wines produced have won prestigious awards and accolades nationally and internationally. The first clonal selection of Cabernet Sauvignon in Western Australia was conducted by the Department of Agriculture at the Houghton Vineyard in the Swan Valley from 1968 to 1970. The objective was yield improvement, vine health and fruit flavour. Twenty-one high performing vines were identified from vines planted in Houghton Vineyard in the 1950s as cuttings sourced from vines planted in the 1930s. These high performing vines became known as the ‘Houghton clones’. Evaluation trials were planted at Gingin in 1970 and Frankland in 1973.
Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia
Winemaking, Cloning, Western Australia
Fruit Science | Plant Sciences | Viticulture and Oenology
Ward, G, Cameron, I, and Fennessy, R. (2013), Selections of the Houghton clones of Cabernet Sauvignon / Glynn Ward, Ian Cameron, Richard Fennessy. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. Bulletin 4843, 24p.
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