Shiraz Adelaide Plains South Australia
Adelaide Plains Shiraz, and what great wine it makes, graceful, generous and stylishly balanced. The vineyards speak in the final wine, every expression from the intensely flavoured grapes, picked off vines, fifty years of age, is captured and retained. Earthern ironstone and quartz laced textures of the foothills and north ranges, smooth ferments and fine colour, lively peppery notes are indicative of old vines fruit. The inaugural vintage of Longhop Shiraz was a sellout and runaway success after being the subject of ecstatic praise from industry press.
Longhop is a robust style in every sense, distinctive, vinous, full bodied and complex. Shiraz is sourced off a selection of vineyards across the Adelaide Plains and Mt Lofty Ranges, much of the harvest off vines fifty years of age, each bringing its own expression of mesoclime and personality to the finished wine. Components are treated to a partially wild yeast, whole berry ferment in small open top vessels with soft pump overs and minimal plunging, before being treated to an old fashioned basket press and completing ferments in barrel. The finished wine is matured eighteen months in a selection of seasoned French and American oak barriques and hogsheads before an unfiltered bottling. Alcohol 14.5%
Dark, deeply coloured. Aromatic ark cherries and spice, chocolate and plums. Heady fresh red berries and spice flow on to the palate, pepper notes against a background of earthy, ripe raspberries and cherry emerge with air. Flavours follow through with lots of intensity and bountiful ripeness to cap off the long savouryness, finishing with a close of persistent, juicy fine tannin.