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Longhop Shiraz Powers to Double
Double Gold at CWSA & MIWC
This is a great result for Longhop Shiraz and recognition of the quality of the 2015 version. And continues to reinforce our mantra of over delivering great bang to buck quality wine.

August 2017 Hong Kong
2015 Longhop Shiraz, has just been recognised with an important Double Gold medal at the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in China, the 2017 China Wine & Spirits Awards. The CWSA Judges traveled from each corner of Hong Kong, China and Taiwan to attend the blind tasting.

July 2017 Melbourne
The Melbourne International Wine Competition is the first major international wine competition with TRADE ONLY judges comprised of: buyers from the top retail stores, sommeliers, restaurant owners, hotel beverage directors, distributors and importers.


Vintage 2017 - a brief snapshot


Breakfast, lunch and dinner during vintage 2017

Vintage 2017 Report
If you can believe it or not, vintage came and went, albeit late. The full effect of our winter, spring and early summer rains had an amazing effect on vintage 2017. It resulted in some of the latest harvest on record for our small band of growers across the 'Plains, 'Hills, Barossa and Ranges. The vines simply loved the deep subsoil moisture that powered big canopies and plenty of fruit in a long slow ripening period.
And once again the growers from our small grape yards came up trumps, the attention to detail in the vineyards and the ability to harvest the fruit at the optimum time really has paid dividends for 2017.
The vanguard once again was the old vine gear out of the Adelaide Plains on March 3, followed by the cabernet sauvignon early on March 9 and Old Vine Grenache March 19. In-between the reds we marched up the hill to Lenswood for the pinot gris on March 6th. In a welcome return to form Barossa Valley shiraz & cabernet sauvignon co-harvest on 23rd March. And tucked in the middle our beautiful single vineyard Adelaide Plains Zuppa shiraz, cab, merlot looking stunning on 21st March, so a decent month of processing


Black pearls - 2017 Shiraz after crush


Gourmet Traveller Wine - Best Buys
The Longhop range always delivers

Mike Bennie
- wine writer for Gourmet Traveller Wine has given the nod to the 2016 Longhop Pinot Gris.

The wine was included in the Feb/March issue which is out now

"This is very easy drinking, very fresh and very bright pinot gris. Best drunk in the prime of its youth, it tastes summery with its bevy of ripe, white flesh orchard fruit flavours and offers up classic honey-drizzled pear perfume. While flavoursome, it doesn't over do the slipperiness in texture, showing a light oiliness that finishes refreshing with a starburst of grapefruit acidity. You could say it is a very well balanced wine in its style. Chill well and pour with gusto. The longhop range always seems to over deliver".