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.
A strong showing from these 50 something year old vines in 2019. Plum and raspberry, dried herbs and spice, and in some ways it comes over like a larger framed Pinot Noir, or so I think. Medium bodied, ginger snap biscuits and mixed berries, a little savoury sage and meaty thing happening, fine firm sweep of tannin, and a succulent red fruited finish of good length. Such a pleasing wine. Value plus. Tasted: June 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $20; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2028+; Rated: 92 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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