Longview Yakka Shiraz (750ml)
Longview Estates falls within Adelaide Hill`s cool-climate sites. Most of the rainfall occurs during the winter months, while the summers are warm and dry and the vineyards are cooled by the winds coming off of Lake Alexandrina to the east and the coast to the South. These are ideal conditions for the development of flavours, aromatics, depth and structure in wine grapes.
Hand picked Shiraz with 7-10 day fermentation in open fermenters followed by malolactic fermentation and ageing for 18 months in old and new French barriques. The finished wine is dark purple with aromas of black cherries, white pepper, baking spices, chocolate and coffee. The ripe fruit supports the toasted oak and is well balanced with tannin and acid. Great length, fruit intensity and mouth feel. Drinking well now, though has a good backbone age for a decade.
The Yakka is a prehistoric looking plant with spiny leaves and an asymmetric black trunk. It is also Aussie slang for ‘hard work’. I think the only hard work that comes with this idiosyncratic wine is the challenge to what most consumers think “Aussie Shiraz” is…The full bodied palate teems with black cherry, perfumed violets, cracked pepper and wild blackberry blossoms, with downy plush tannins and an herbal twist to the lengthy finish. This is a big, striking wine – impossible to turn away from. -Treve Ring, WineAlign