The former Gawler high school mates seized upon an idea in 2002 of salvaging some of the last remaining old vine vineyards in the Adelaide Plains and making icon wines from that region. Vineyards were secured, old vines a priority. Our small band of growers have since embraced the ideal of delivering premium grapes in order to showcase the power and rich fruit flavours the Adelaide Plains and adjoining Mt Lofty Ranges has to offer. The wines are made with minimal intervention. Open fermented and basket pressed. No fining or filtration is used prior to bottling.
Sourcing precious old vine survival plantings of the 1950s, and coupled with our non-interventional approach to winemaking, Longhop Wines found it’s provenance in handcrafting the lush, generous and full flavours of yesteryear. We create expressive wines showcasing, fruit, season and birth place.
If you’re looking for a traditional South Australian Shiraz that’s outstanding value, then it’s not such a Longhop, to the shop, if you want to rock and roll. Rich dark raspberry, blackberry, chocolate and subtle perfume of vanilla and coconut. It’s a flood of blackcurrant flavour, with some savoury truffle notes, supple tannin, balanced acidity, depth of flavour but not heavy or overdone. Finish is long and satisfying. For living in the now, this wine is hitting all the right notes. Tasted: Aug 19; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $20; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2023+; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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