Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaide Plains South Australia
Two Gawler high school mates mooted the idea of making Adelaide wine. Vineyards were surveyed, the major requirement being that old vines were essential. They fortuitously secured for themselves supply from some precious old sites which had survived the pullout schemes of the 1980s. Grapes are picked off old to very old vines, grown in auspicious sandy loams, nestled amongst the river red gums of Mt Lofty. Components are cannily assembled to achieve a unique construct of the established Cabernet Sauvignon style.
Great wine begins on the land, the source Adelaide Plains vineyards are all special, remnant plantings which have survived urban expansion and the pursuit of more lucrative agriculture. The small band of Longhop's growers have embraced the ideal of delivering premium grapes in order to showcase the power and rich fruit flavours that the Adelaide region has to offer. Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from old, low cropping and descendant vines. Whole berries are vinified and hand plunged in traditional open top fermenters before a gentle basket press into barrel for completion. The finished wine is matured in a selection of seasoned French and American oak barriques for a year before bottling without filtration.
Deeply coloured, garnet hue. Immediatly recognisable as Cabernet, blackcurrants and mulberry, distinctive earth and spice, lively cocoa, violets and black cherry notes. Well layered with rich currant and bramble flavours, `swooning across the palate, extended tannins draw out the long and savoury lip smacking, gum sucking finish.