Longhop Shiraz 2018

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LHSH201810 UCAU
  • A generous and comforting wine
  • This beauty over delivers in both value and quality
  • "You’re getting a lot of wine for your money here." - Gary Walsh
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    $18.99
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  • Gary Walsh
    92 points

Editors notes

Matured for 18 months in seasoned french and American oak.

The nose is rich and lifted with dense chocolate and refreshing lift. Dense and powerful with an alluring quality. On the palate, this is a rich, succulent wine with a lovely array of juicy fruit and chocolate. Fasntastic balance of fine plush tanins & refreshing, cleansing acid structure. A truly delicious wine!

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Gary Walsh

    92
    "If you’re looking for a lot of chocolate on your biscuit, a heap of Shiraz in your glass, then walk this way. It’s potent and packed with black fruit, biscuit spices, chocolate and mint. Full-bodied, plenty of smooth grainy tannin, ample black fruit, something like veal saltimbocca in the savoury department, a lot of oomph, slight warmth from alcohol cuts through, but there’s enough weight here to cover it over, and a big raspberry and herb finish. You’re getting a lot of wine for your money here."

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Locations

Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Mount Lofty Ranges

Located in the Australian state of South Australia, the Mount Lofty Ranges is a wine-growing zone that’s home to three distinct wine regions: Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, and Adelaide Plains. As of 1996, Mount Lofty Ranges achieved appellation status as an Australian Geographical Indication (AGI). The zone sits west of the Murray River and surrounds Australia’s famed Barossa wine zone on three sides. Thanks to the three region’s different climates, the wines coming out of them likewise vary greatly. Adelaide Hills is one of South Australia’s coolest regions; Adelaide Plains is one of the state’s hottest, flattest areas; and Clare Valley’s climate is hot and dry. Adelaide Hills top three grape varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Adelaide Plains produces primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Colombard. And Clare Valley has an esteemed reputation for its Riesling, as well as for Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

About the brand Longhop Wines

Great wine begins in the vineyard and for Old Plains and Longhop nothing is more important. Our vineyards are unique, remnant plantings that have mostly survived urban expansion and the pursuit of other agricultural profits. They also escaped the vine pull schemes that were popular during the 1980s. These government sponsored schemes saw old, low yielding vines uprooted with the help of subsidies and replaced by cash crops of vegetables and wheat. In some instances vast tracts of old vine shiraz was replaced by chardonnay! What a waste. The remaining small vineyards are true masterpieces of wine grape flavour, weathered, gnarly and magnificent in their defiance of commercial expansion.

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