Longhop Adelaide Hills
Pinot Noir Chardonnay
Aperitif & Celebration - enhance the occasion
Our Longhop Premier Cuvee is sourced from the
small hamlet village of Kersbrook in the beautiful panoramic
Adelaide Hills. A traditional blend of sparkling grape varieties,
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; it exhibits a gorgeous rose gold blush
as it presents with lifted strawberries, cherries and orchard
fruits. It's wonderfully textured with excellent persistence that
will enhance the aperitif and celebration occasions.
LONGHOP PREMIER CUVEE
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PONDS SHIRAZ - ICONIC ANCIENT & RARE
News... News... 2016 grenache
Great grapes - the Gagliardi grenache 2016, some of the
best we've seen.
Frank Gagliardi is another of our foundation growers, planting his
small grenache vineyard at Munno Para in the 1960's.
Frank with son Pat, delivering 2016 fruit to the winery for
Frank's vineyard at Munno Para, now completely surrounded by
housing. Notice the developers have allowed for a roadway through
part of the block.
Frank's not budging, he'll wait until he's ready to move on. When
we first started buying fruit from this vineyard it was surrounded
by fields of golden wheat stubble.
and gone! There have been some pretty special wines made this
year, but more on that later. We kicked off with 20 ton of
on Feb 6th. This was machine harvested by a brand new
Pellenc machine out of France, a state
of the art grape harvester with onboard
destemer and sorting table for the grapes, meaning only
grapes and juice was delivered to the winery, absolutely superb in
all aspects, the grapes were like black pearls in a sea of blood.
We simply tipped the nally bins
straight into open ferment, no pumping of must.
Speaking of no pumping
there's a lot of chatter amongst the hipster circles about gravity
fed wineries and gentle handling of must etc, lets just say Dom
and myself have not pumped must in our winery for the last 10
years, we destem straight into
nally bins then tip them into ferment,
nothing new here.
Wine Companion 2016
a bit of trivia for you, did you know every Longhop wine reviewed
in the latest Halliday Wine Companion
received the accolade of "Special
Longhop Shiraz 91 *, Longhop Rose 90 *, Longhop Cabernet Sauvignon
90 *, Mistura
90 *, Longhop Pinot
Special value meaning great bang for the consumers buck.
Gold for Longhop Shiraz
news, Longhop Shriaz 2014 picked up a
gold medal at the China Wine and Spirit Awards in
February, this comes on the back of the
double gold at the same event for the 2013 Longhop Shiraz. It's an
important Gold medal at the biggest and most prestigious wine and
spirits competition in China.
The CWSA Judges traveled from each corner of Hong Kong, China and
Taiwan to attend the blind tasting. Selected from the most
prominent Sommeliers, Hoteliers, Retailers, Importers, and
Distributors from throughout the region.
wine - one of our foundation vignerons
Joe Note with wife Antonia pictured in 2010 during the harvest
of the old vine grenache
Old vine grenache 2010
Hand picked (above) Trophy winning wines from Angle Vale
pictured below and right.
We mark the sad news
that one of our foundation vignerons of the Adelaide Plains has
Giuseppe "Joe" Noto. Born in the Italian town of Molochio in 1932
passed away peacefully on August 6, 2015 aged 82 years.
Arriving from Calabria post WWII, Joe set about establishing his
shiraz and grenache vineyards at Angle Vale in the early 1960's.
They were some of the first, what were then, large scale plantings
in the district.
The vineyards expanded slowly, it was all hard work and
determination, to include a total of approx 50 acres by the
It is worthwhile to note that a portion of Joe's vineyard was
planted with rootstock supplied by the late Doug Collett of
Woodstock winery at McLaren Vale.
Doug arrived at Angle Vale with a trailer load of vines for Joe.
In return Joe dismantled one of his glass houses and trucked it
down to McLaren Vale as a gift for Doug.
Joe's vines flourished at Angle Vale for decades with the
local winery expanding to take in all the district fruit and a
reputation of quality, consistency and show success followed for
the Adelaide Plains wines.
It was the 1980's that the local wine industry started a
downturn. With no demand for grapes, Joe was left with little
financial choice but to uproot his vineyards and convert them into
market gardens. It was not taken lightly, a heartbreaking decision
as the vines Joe planted represented the first roots he put down
As son Mario quoted "I woke up one Sunday morning and dad was on
the tractor ripping the vineyard out."
This was the vine pull in one of its various guises. Some
growers were paid by the government to uproot vines, others like
Joe made the decision based on keeping food on the table for his
Joe, however kept a couple of rows of his original shiraz and
grenache and these vines have formed part of the Old Plains wines
since 2003. Joe retrellised the shiraz in 2006 and every year we
hand pick approx one ton of fruit from these original foundation
Joe was dearly loved and respected, we admired him for his
vision, determination and passion he had for
grape growing and winemaking. We will raise a glass and honor his
memory for many vintages to come. Rest in peace Joe, it was a
privilege to have know you. Tim Freeland & Dom Torzi.
new release - 2013 Power of One Shiraz
2013 Old Plains - Power of One Shiraz
This is a wine that
really epitomizes who we are and what we stand for.
Since the inception of our small wine company back in 2002,
the Power of One Shiraz has been our flagship.
Bringing together some of the last remaining old vine vineyards
that are dotted about the Adelaide Plains, the careful nurturing
of these vines by the growers and the dedicated craft of
traditional small batch wine making.
These vineyards have stood the test of time as many around
them have made way for housing estates and market gardens. Credit
to the growers and families who continue to support us in our
We're very proud to be able to bring you this release, it
reflects exactly why we started making wine, that was to salvage
the last remaining old vines of the Adelaide Plains and showcase
the power and purity they offer.
This vintage once again delivers everything we hope for in
a wine. It's both comforting and familiar without being
repetitious, it poses questions, keeps you searching your memory
to recall that distant aroma or flavour and more importantly can
simply be enjoyed with family and friends.
2013 POWER OF ONE SHIRAZ
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2014 MLR - LONGHOP CABERNET SAUVIGNON
..."This is brilliant, clean, intelligently-made upland Cabernet:
fine humourous and lively"... Philip White Indaily and Drinkster
Whole berry open ferment
Longhop Cabernet Sauvignon
Hand picked, whole berry open ferment, hand plunged, basket
pressed, 12 months in French oak
This vintage continues our impressive linage of
Cabernet Sauvignon releases. Beautiful old vine fruit from the
'Plains combined with additions from upland Uleybury delivers a
complex wine. Delicate blueberries and violets move onto deeper
blackberries and mulberries on the palate. The length of the wine
continues to build with fine acid and tannin rounding out the
clean elongated finish. Superb drinking.
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Release - 2015 Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris
Lenswood pinot gris vineyard
The Adelaide Hills wine region is renowned for
its quality wines. With its cool climate, pristine conditions,
dedicated vignerons and winemakers we're proud to offer this
exciting new release.Tasting note:
This wine has a beautiful distinct pinot gris blush glinting in
the glsss. Lifted fresh pear and honeydew aromas and flavours
glide across the palate joining with lively natural fruit acidity
providing a perfect match for Asian and Mediterranean cusine.
Sourced from the Lenswood sub-region at an altitude of 550 metres
the fruit does all the talking, delivering a wine of elegance and
class at an every day affordable price, another quality, bang for
buck wine from the Longhop team.
The craft: Hand picked, partial whole bunch pressed, free
run juice only. Natural cold settling for 12 days then racked with
suspended solids remaining for natural ferment at low temperature
for six weeks. Continuing with lees aging for another six weeks
before racking and natural cold settling prior to bottling.
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2015 They come
as they are, vintage that is.
Grenache Rose from the basket press. The must is pressed for
approx four hours extracting colour and flavour, the juice is then
transferred to tank, cold settled then racked to barrel for
Old Vine Shiraz barrel filling. We pressed out appox 30t of
shiraz over two days. Feb 21 & 22. Temperatures topped 44c on the
during that Saturday afternoon.
Cookin' Hot. Barrel filling had never been so much fun
Old Vine Shiraz at harvest Feb 14 on the Adelaide Plains
We were almost lulled into a false sense of
security during early February 2015. Our Adelaide Plains old vines
were ticking over nicely, healthy vines and canopies, low yields,
baume rising slowly, flavours developing, acids intact. Fruit
showing no ill effect caused by the dry conditions we'd
encountered since September.
February 14th, exactly on average for our old vine 'Plains
vineyards, we bought in the first fruit of the vintage, approx 30t
hand picked shiraz across two days in superb condition. This was
closely followed by the Ranges shiraz on Feb 17th.
This leisurely start came to an abrupt end as a couple of days in
the high 30's sent the Barossa and Ranges into overdrive. Possibly
the earliest picking on record for the Barossa, the wineries
filled up by the end of Feb. Fermenting space was at an absolute
As one Barossan put it "we used to have a vintage that was spread
out over a lot of different varieties, now all we got is shiraz,
no wonder everyone gets smashed with all the fruit coming in at
As the shiraz petered out, Grenache Rose and Cabernet Sauvignon
fell into place, showing our distinctive varietal and regional
characteristics and a superb return to top form and quality our
Pinot Gris from Lenswood on March 4th.
It's early stages, but expect the Old Plains old vine gear to be
some of the best around. They fermented beautifully, show lively
fruit characters, depth and breadth and that gunbarrel glint only
those great old plains can offer.
Just a quick note in regards to smoke taint. The Hills and Ranges
surrounding Adelaide were engulfed in a large bushfire early
January. Resulting in property and stock losses and destruction of
vineyards. Our thoughts go out to those who suffered. The Hills
and Ranges were blanketed in smoke for several days. As a result
we conducted small batch ferments on all our Hills and Ranges
vineyards prior to harvest, sensory evaluation has
shown all fruit, red and white to be free of smoke taint.
Rossi Boots and Coopers Pale Ale, in our view the two staples
of the wine industry.
2014 MISTURA - BAROSSA VALLEY
PORTUGUESE VARIETAL BLEND
TOURIGA NACIONAL, TINTA AMARELA, TINTA CAO
Since 2002, Domenic Torzi and Tim Freeland have hand crafted
flavoursome wines from the regions surrounding Adelaide. This
exclusive Barossa Valley release continues that tradition.
Historic terraced vineyards in the Douro Valley,
Portugal. The site of the indigenous varieties used in the making
Australia's Barossa Valley has a long history
since 1842 of wine production. It is the site of some of
Australia's oldest plantings of native Portuguese varieties.
Touriga Nacional, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Cao varieties are
indigenous to the world heritage listed Douro Valley in Portugal.
These varieties found their way to Australia's famous Barossa
Valley, where in 1973 they were planted at the historic village of Stockwell.
This is a lovely modern, fruit driven wine, with expressive
flavours, supple mouth feel and fine tannin. Perfectly enjoyed
with progressive cuisine, such as tapas, spicy cured meats,
antipasto and the like.
BAROSSA VALLEY - PORTUGUESE BLEND
TOURIGA, AMARELA, CAO
1 X 750ml
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2013 LONGHOP SHIRAZ
91pts Campbell Mattinson "It's a comforting style of shiraz. It
has some grunt but it's essentially soft, almost leathery..."
2013 is certainly living up to expectations in relation to vintage
quality. The 2013 version of our Longhop Shiraz continues a
tradition of over delivering in the quality to price stakes.
After carefully tasting and classifying the best barrels from the
vintage this blend has come together exceptionally well. Plenty of
luscious big fruit up front a power packed mid-palate that flows
over the tongue with beautiful soft velvety tannins rounding out,
we think its a beauty.
2013 LONGHOP SHIRAZ
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Santa Maria! Play that bit back will you Sancho? Santa friggin
Maria!" Possibly the best quote ever attributed to one of our
Longhop 2014 Rose
Philip White's onto it, the new release Longhop
2014 Rose has hit the streets and the reviews are echoing the
quality and complexity of this great wine.
Made in the true Mediterranean Provencal style, using old, dry
grown grenache. Barrel fermented, exhibiting a fine, complex
structure, herb tinged fruit, finishing long and dry.
"...This is a very pretty and seductive rose
with elegance, complexity and texture..." - Philip White
"...It's an energetic wine with lots of buoyant flavour. Delicious
drinking option..." - Campbell Mattinson
"...Even straight out of the fridge it's expressive. Redskins,
pink flowers and icing sugar with counterpoints of bouquet garni..."
- Jeremy Pringle
2014 LONGHOP ROSE - 1 X 750ml $18.00
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Nature flexes her muscles - 2014 Vintage Report
Early vintage shiraz in ferment. We had about 30 ton of fruit
packed in after the first week rush, this had us thinking, where
are we going to put all these grapes? The season then broke on Feb
14th with widespread rain lowering grape baume for a week or two.
Vintage proceeded at a somewhat leisurely pace after that.
2014 certainly presented its challenges. But
the ability of grape growers, full time vignerons and winemakers to rise to
the challenge has presented us with an amazing vintage.
Heat waves, flooding rains & bushfires throughout the Plains and
Ranges kept us on our toes, what follows below is a brief vintage
Good winter and early spring rains filled the soils. However a
windy mid/late spring, with uneven fruit set and an extended
flowering period coincided with Oct/Nov rainfall 70% below
average. Tough hot and dry conditions continued through January
with temperatures two degrees
above average meaning yields were expected to be down.
Vintage commenced on Feb 9th with approx 20t of Adelaide Plains
old vine fruit in remarkably good condition. We looked set for a
huge rush of fruit due to the hot and dry season but Valentine's
Day 2014 saw the vintage turned on its head. Widespread rain
ensued throughout the Plains, Ranges, Hills and Barossa lowering
grape baume for a week or two.
Cooler weather continued through February and March with vintage
proceeding at a leisurely pace,
vines freshened up, fruit filled, yields returned. Thick skinned
and amazing full colouring of red juice the highlight, along with a
burgeoning array of complex flavours across all varieties.
shiraz - first harvest of 2014
John G. old vine shiraz - Adelaide Plains
What started out as frantic planning and
picking after a heat-wave has turned into a waiting game.
February 9th welcomed a cool change and signaled the start of Old
Plains 2014 vintage. Four old vine shiraz vineyards in the
Adelaide Plains were hand picked and processed the same day.
Baume's were well in check ranging from 13 - 14, with the fruit in
remarkably good condition despite the previous weeks warm weather.
These vines are tough old bastards, deep rooted, the fruit thick
skinned, they just take whatever nature throws at them and just
get on with growing glorious shiraz.
The fruit trucked through ferment before basket pressing, then
barrelled down to finish the last of the ferment. Very aromatic,
dark coloured juice, spice, heading into the blacker coarser
spectrum of flavours are the early indicators. All in all very
happy to have 20t off.
Later that week all were surprised to see up to 100mm of rain
throughout the region. The handbrake has been well and truly
ripped on, so to speak and the vines freshened up, they look good
as we wait for the Baume's to rise. We've no reported berry damage
throughout our vineyards, generally the remaining are on steep,
free draining ground in the ranges, so we wait and look for things
Fruit set, strap in for another year
John G. old vine shiraz - Adelaide Plains
There certainly seems like no rest as we hurtle
towards another vintage. Growers are waiting with breath held as
we approach the business end of the growing season, hoping for
A quick tour around our Adelaide Plains, Mt Lofty Ranges and Hills
vineyards shows a medium fruit set. Welcome rain on January
second, of up to 15mm throughout the region will give the vines a
boost and allow the berries to really fill out. The forecast of
mild temperatures for the first 10 days of January also bode well
Further afield, Barossa growers have reported frost damage in some
regions, likely to keep yields down and fruit prices rising.
The fast and the furious - 2013 vintage
2013 vintage - basket pressing old vine grenache
Fast and furious, probably the best way to
briefly summarize our 2013 vintage. In what can only be described
as one of our driest vintages on record, the fruit came in thick
and fast. Dry conditions meant everything seemed to ripen at the
Despite widespread reports of 30-50% drop of fruit yields
throughout our region, we faired pretty well. Adelaide Plains old
vine shiraz performed above expectations with a more scrutinized
pruning regime yielding immediate returns for growers. Old vine grenache from Gagliardi vineyard came in a full month early
compared to average, showing unbelievable purity and varietal
Our Bibaringa and Uleybury growers bore the brunt of the dry
conditions, tonnages slightly down, although the fruit was pure
and disease free whilst holding good acids.
Probably the highlight was the Lenswood Pinot Gris, simply
stunning and well above expectations. Keep an eye out for this
beauty mid 2013.
Another grand old girl bites the dust
Sadly we've lost one of our once finest
vineyards to housing. The march of development across the Plains
continues. Where once stood five acres of 50 year old shiraz and
grenache, now replaced with 300sqm villa blocks. Its inevitable
that these suburban blocks will go, we don't hold anyone to blame,
just lament the loss of those beautiful dry land aged vines, the
depth of flavour they produced was amazing. Sadly the old people
have moved on and so also have the vines and the history they
This particular vineyard featured in the Old Plains wine portfolio
from 2003 vintage right through 'til 2010, producing up to 5 tons
of shriaz and grenache. 2007 vintage drought hit hard with only
680 kgs of shriaz harvested. The late heatwave of 2008 also wiped
out all the grenache for that vintage.
Wow, we've just had the first review in for
our new release 2011 Longhop Shiraz... Renowned wine writer Philip
White will tell you more...
they managed to squeeze this out of the horrid 2011 wet, I'll
2011 Longhop Shiraz, Philip White - Indaily
Longhop Mount Lofty Ranges Shiraz 2011
Philip White - Indaily, May 18th 2012 - 93++ points
Domenic Torzi and Tim Freeland continue to flabbergast me with
incredibly cheap hand-made wines of soul and distinction. How they
managed to squeeze this out of the horrid 2011 wet, I'll never
know. You could put it down to finicky hand-selection of the
bunches in the first place, which Torzi blithely does when he
mention "the bare hands of old" but there's other more spiritual
wizardry at work here. Like some other locals (all much more
expensive, but) they've managed to make a French wine, turning the
botrytis strike to their advantage. This lovely thing has a sweet
chocolate custard and junket turn about it, along with all those
blueberries, mulberries and blackberries. Fatty malo-lactic acids
at work, no doubt, with the extra glycerols that freak year
provided. It smells like Paris Creek Blueberry Yoghurt sometimes,
like the best of Bandol or Cornas at others. The flavours are
intense yet mellow and supple; the feel is silky until the velvety
finish puts an appetising nap on your tongue. It's slender, lithe
stuff. If it had come from France, you'd be forgiven for expecting
another zero on the spend. I've got succulent chilli-marinated
pork ribs in the smoker, but my bottle's nearly gone. Damn.
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2012 vintage certainly looks the goods
2012 vintage barrel filling of the Old Plains Cabernet
In what seemed the blink of an eye the 2012
vintage came and went! Thankfully a full return to normal weather
conditions and harvest timings was certainly appreciated.
Exceptional quality fruit, long, loose bunches, small berries
allowing plenty of air flow ensured stunning results.
Old vine shiraz from the Adelaide Plains held higher acids, with
full flavour achieved, the results look exceptional.
Of course, vintage wasn't without its usual hiccups, breakdowns
and general chaos.
We currently have 13 different batches of wine, spread across four
varieties from three different regions. The reds are all glucose
and fructose dry and have commenced malolactic fermentation in
Our first release Longhop Pinot Gris from the Adelaide Hills is
fermenting as we speak, early indication is promising for another
stunner value Longhop wine. Stay tuned for release dates.
One of our best - 2009 Power of One Shiraz
Must cake from the basket press, showing whole berries.
French oak barrique barrel from the 2009 vintage
New Release wine - 2009 Power of One Shiraz
Without doubt, this is one of our best ever wines. It has
everything that we strive for in showcasing the Adelaide Plains as
a wine region. Its a complex and vinous offering, oozing
dark fruit flavour, with enough grip to get your lips smacking and
These Old Plains wines are made from some of the last remaining
old vine vineyards in the 'Plains, hand picked, open fermented and
basket pressed. Power of One was matured for 24 months in seasoned
French oak barriques, with a sprinkling of new tight Russian
holding the rails.
Fads come and go, people chase the next big thing in wine, we
simply stick to our guns, stick to what we believe in, don't
compromise on quality and deliver some of the best wine the
country can offer, enjoy!
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..."It's glorious, old-fashioned wine of bare-faced
honesty and purity"...
2009 Power of One shiraz, Philip White - Indaily
smooth, oak-struck, spicy and earthen
2009 Power of One shiraz, Campbell Mattinson - Winefront
2009 POWER OF ONE
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Longhop "twins" set jaws flapping
Its been the culmination of a busy couple of
months. Vintage 2011 was demanding, but all wines are now safely
tucked away in barrel. Stay tuned in 12 months all will be
revealed, we're quietly confident our 2011's will stand out.
In amongst vintage we released the 2010
Longhop Shiraz, now into its sixth vintage release, we've
stuck by our existing formula. Vineyards from Gawler River, Angle
Vale and Bibaringa/One Tree Hill regions provide a tremendous
depth of flavour. Each region brings a different component. Gawler
River, sandy alluvium soil, bright red fruit flavours. Angle Vale,
provides the old vine component, clay/red loams over broken
limestone gives plum, chocolate and gun-barrel glint. Bibaringa at
300 metres altitude, quartz, slate and limestone adds beautiful
grip, it's genuinley lipsmackingly good.
For us the standout is our first release
Longhop Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit from our 50 year old
Evanston Gardens vineyard, nestled amongst river red gums, sited
on sandy loam, combined with a fair dash of One Tree Hill fruit,
gives a unique take on this noble variety.
Both these wines have already received great
reviews, their quality looks assured... read on
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The Winefront By
Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Tuesday, Apr 5 2011
A friend asked me recently whether it was still possible to
find 'budget' reds that would cellar well. His thinking was: Can I
buy something cheap and turn it into something better by stashing
it at the bottom of a cupboard for five years?
A gave a long-winded answer, but I would have been better just
opening a bottle of this Longhop Cabernet Sauvignon and saying,
Yes. It's a bargain as a drink-now proposition, but it will cellar
well for 4-8 years, if you so desire. Might even go longer than
that. It tastes of blackcurrant, dust, eucalypt and toasty
vanillin oak. It has enough tannin, but not too much. Enough flavour, without being in any way over-blown. It's the kind of
balanced, well-made, well-flavoured, over-delivering wine that
once upon a time put Australia on the map.
Shiraz 2010, Tuesday, Apr 5 2011 -
I'd probably drink this latest release Longhop Shiraz
young but there's no reason why it shouldn't have a healthy life
in the cellar - I wouldn't be surprised if it stretched out for
longer than the drinking window provided.
It's ripping value. It's fleshy and flavoursome but dry and structured too. If this is an early
indication of the quality of the 2010 South Australian red
vintage, then we’re in for a treat. Blackberries, menthol, nutty
oak and cloves. The texture's creamy, the flavour substantial, the
length of flavour excellent. It's likely to be one of the best
value reds of the year.
Philip White 12 April 2011 - Drankster,
Drinkster & Indaily
2010 Longhop Shiraz - 91 +++ Points
Domenic Torzi and Tim Freeland consistently produce
two suites of incredibly cheap, very high-quality,
honest-to-goodness brands, Old Plains and Longhop, from the north
Adelaide Plains and adjacent Mount Lofty Ranges. This wine comes
from 15-year-old to more than 50-year-old vines at Munno Para,
Angle Vale and One Tree Hill, all on the old-fashioned single-wire
trellis. It reminds me of the Angle Vale QVS reds Max Schubert
made for a time with Lindsay Stanley and Jack Minnett, before Jack
let the houses eat their vineyard.
Max best summarised the regional style when he told me in 1984:
"Halfway between the older, heavier, fuller style, and the new,
light-bodied styles ... perhaps tending towards the heavier style
It's rich, spicy, aniseed-like wine, with an almost sinister
fresh-hewn blackwood edge, which is from pips and skins as much as
seasoned oak. It has no jam, but a tantalising elegance for its
intensity, and will become a true beauty with five years under the
2010 Longhop Cabernet Sauvignon 92
It's wildly intense, licoricey, syrupy wine with
sinblack tannins that suck all the blood clean outta your lips:
Both these improve beautifully with an hour of decanter. Stunning
Calling - Adelaide Plains
The new release Old Plains range
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Were pleased to announce the new release
of the 2008 Old Plains Old Vines Series. These wines are hand made
from grapes grown in the last remaining old vine vineyards in the
Adelaide Plains region of South Australia.
These vineyards were generally planted post WWII by Italian
migrants, returned servicemen and ex POW's during the 50's.
They survived intact until the 80's when many were
uprooted and replaced by cash crops, market gardens and almond
Families generally left and acre or two or a couple of rows
for the family cantina wine. Since 2002 Old Plains has been
sourcing these grapes and have now combined all the old vine gear
under the Old Plains label!
Full of power, they ooze all the dark fruit flavours that
only hand made basket pressed wines can offer.
Unearthing the Adelaide Plains
Gagliardi vineyard Old Vine Grenache pictured top. Along with a
couple of relics! Pickaxe stubbies burried under vine.
Vintage 2010 looks to be one of our
finest efforts yet. Literally everything went according to plan.
Starting with shiraz from the old vine sites at Angle Vale
and Gawler River, growers welcomed mild harvest conditions, the
fruit, typically small berries in loose bunches, came in with
sensational flavours, balanced acid and lower baumes.
Healthy conditioning of fruit was reflected across all our
vineyards including the Bibaringa and One Tree Hill sites. Only
one small batch of shiraz had a bit of sunburn.
Twenty Ten was also the year of the easy ferment! Wild
yeasts got them ticking over, finishing off the last couple of
points in barrel seems to really soften the wine.
Our new release One Tree Hill cabernet sauvignon also looks
the goods. Grown at 300 metres altitude we think were onto
Grenache suffered the effects of the November heat wave.
Yields were well down on previous vintages, however the long mild
summer really helped it along. Interestingly grenache harvest was
our earliest on record. As for quality, the picture above of the
Gagliardi old vine grenache tells the story. Awesome.
What an amazing vineyard, but typically under pressure from
the villa block developers as gutter to gutter housing creeps
We also stumbled across a couple of relics from the past. Pickaxe brand stubbies of Southwark Bitter, partially burried
under vine. It gave a real sense of times gone by as we imagined a
harvest completed, the slurping down of a couple of coldies at the
end of a hot day.
The least we could do was the same, this time with a Coopers Dark.
Great, Great Gawler River Grenache
Pictured above - Old Vine Grenache at Hillier
Pictured right - Torzi and Freeland in one of the vineyards lost
to villa rash, if you look closely you can see the scourge in the
background spreading across the hills face and beyond.
We are forever on the lookout for old vine
material in the Adelaide Plains, so it was with great delight that
Domenic stumbled across a 50 year old planting along the banks of
the Gawler River. Truly a great example of old school viticulture,
planted and nurtured by the Manno family, we're delighted to
welcome it into the Old Plains family. There is also a good whack
of shiraz here aswell. Small berries and loose bunches, so
vintage twenty ten looks the goods.
Not all good news though, two of our previous old vine vineyards
have gone the way of the developer, soon to be villa rash (drinkster
term for housing), these
two small vineyards were at Munno Para West. Hardly iconic
territory, but we loved them none the less.
Sad to see them go, seems the local council views these blocks
like dominos, once one goes the rest will follow. Allegedly an
adjacent block was subdivide forcing the neighbouring vineyard to
be revalued as villa block, the council rate increase was
supposedly so huge, no amount of shiraz was going to cover the
Looking fine! Vintage 2009
Vintage 2009 came and went in what
seemed the blink of an eye. We were struck with an early heat wave
and thought here we go again, repeat of '08. Thankfully the heat
subsided and vintage went smoothly. Ferments were healthy, fruit
quality was excellent, despite some yield losses our 'Plains,
Bibaringa and One Tree Hill fruit had great colour and flavour
Undoubtly the standout is the '09 Grenache, picked a little
earlier than previous vintages, during ferment and basket pressing
the flavours were off the Richter Scale.
Pictured from top left: relaxing with a beer after a long day
crushing. Grenache grapes from the Gagliardi vineyard and horses
take an interest in harvest at Uleybury
2008 USA Range Tasting
The USA importer of Old Plains & Longhop
wines, Vine Street Imports hosted their first ever range tasting
in Philadelphia in September 2008. With 20 plus Australian and New
Zealand winemakers in attendance, Vine Street sent out invites
across the 'States to distributors, retailers and trade punters.
With approx 120 wines on offer and approx 400 attendees on the
day, they were treated to possibly the most diverse "list" of
wines ever shown in USA.
Old Plains launched Raw Power Shiraz with great success, described
as the wine of the tasting for delivering value for money, quality
and a sharp marketing edge, consumers in the US have since
embraced Raw Power for its sheer quality.
Tim Freeland in attended for Old Plains, went onto Wichita in
Kansas, for trade tastings, before attending the annual Corks for
Kids charity event in North Carolina. A series of dinners,
tastings and gala auction night combined to raise approx $75,000
for the North Carolina Childrens Hospital.
Stephen Tanzer reviews
By Josh Raynolds (link)
Published Sep/Oct 08
2008 Old Plains - Longhop La
Quattro Adelaide Plains
28% each of chenin blanc and riesling and 22% each of semillon and
sauvignon blanc) Pale silver. Citrus and orchard fruit aromas are
complemented by dusty minerals and quinine. Racy, sharply focused
pear and quince flavors pick up a refreshing lime zest quality
with air. Brisk and pure white blend with excellent finishing lift
and thrust. 89
2007 Old Plains
- Longhop Shiraz Adelaide Plains
Inky ruby. Intensely spicy raspberry and blackberry on the nose,
with vibrant minerality contributing energy. Youthful, primary red
and dark berry skin flavors display impressive purity, with silky
tannins adding gentle grip. An elegant, focused and strikingly
graceful rendition of shiraz that finishes with excellent clarity
and length. Pretty irresistible right now. 91
2007 Old Plains
- Longhop Grenache Old Vine Adelaide Plains
Light, hazy red. Vibrant red berry aromas are complicated by white
pepper, dried flowers and Asian spices. Fresh raspberry and red
cherry flavors offer good juicy appeal, with supple tannins adding
shape. Finishes with energetic snap and a lingering note of
raspberry preserves. The fruit here is seductively pure. 90
About Stephen Tanzer (link)
True Blue - Big Red
Labeled as the ONLY guide for red wine drinkers in Australia the
newly released "Big Red Wine Book" by renowned author Campbell
Mattinson hit book shelves this week.
All we can say is check out No. 12 in the top
100 red wines at $20 or less.
Longhop Shiraz 2007
Released May 1st
"I thought the 2006 was good but this is a significant step
up. Its a classy wine. Its rich with flavours of toast,
blackberry, raspberry and kirsch, raisiny sweetness helping to
plump out the core of it. This is one juicy little sucker. 92
points" Campbell Mattinson
Goto Wines Page (link)
Great News for Longhop fans
New release wines now available, including our first ever
World Premier of our "La Quattro" an old vine
white from four varieties planted on the Adelaide Plains as early
as 1953, fruit driven, dry, spice, citrus whilst great mineral
acidity provides plenty of length.
Longhop shiraz, even better than last year, lobbed at No. 12 in
Cam Mattinson's new book, need we say anymore apart from jump in.
Also our favourite, Old Vine Grenache, hot on the heels of last
years success our baby will be turning more heads than Linda
Blair. This one is limited in supply jump in quick
Go to Wines Page (link)
Squashed grapes = vintage 2008
Adelaide Plains shiraz, first press 2008. And
what great juice it makes. The vintage has been kind with cooler
temperatures, grape yields are up, timely rains really helped
We're seeing peppery notes from some of the old vine fruit, great
colours and smooth ferments. Also pleasing to note we haven't blow
up the truck carting fruit and the new basket press is our new
Cellar Door sell out
Thanks to the great support of the wine buying public 2006 Longhop Shiraz is now
sold out from our online cellar door.
For a small winery just entering the market, the wine was well
reviewed by critics and the public alike. Showcasing what the Adelaide Plains can do year-in
year-out producing a value packed wine, that oozes dark fruit flavours.
Stay tuned for the next installment due for release in May 2008.
Not all is lost, there are still retailers around the country
with the wine in stock. Some of the Dan Murphy's stores, Edinburgh
Cellars at Mitcham and a bit of sniffing around online retailers
may unearth a few bottles. Good luck.
The Long road - USA road
Being a small wine company, sometimes its hard to get
the big picture. With this in mind, Tim Freeland recently made his
first visit to the USA as a guest of Vine Street Imports. Vine
Street are the newly appointed importer of Old Plains and Longhop
wines into the USA.
"It was a great experience, from west to east across the states
the hospitality was superb, we dined in some great restaurants and
visited some of the best bottle shops the US had to offer."
"On top of that, people were genuinely interested in our wines,
but the competition is fierce, there's a huge amount of French, Italian
and Spanish wine on their shelves, Old Plains and Longhop is looking
to deliver bang for buck compared to the Europeans in the market",
The tour consisted of visits to distributors and retailers,
in-store retail tastings, hosting a wine charity dinner, pouring
at trade shows and pouring at the annual "Corks for Kids" charity
auction to benefit the North Carolina Children's Hospital. Three
back vintage bottles of Old Plains shiraz ('03, '04 & '05) sold
for $190USD at this event, proceeds to the hospital..
Freeland visited Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Milwaukee and North
Carolina on the whirlwind 10 day tour.
Pictured Top: Left to
right producers on tour: Peter MacDonald, Hunters; Tim Freeland,
Old Plains; Ronnie Sanders, Vine Street Imports; Colin McBride,
Some Young Punks; Billy Bowman, Bordeaux Fine & Rare Distribution;
Kevin North, Hently Farm; John, First Drop; Stephen Black, Small
Pictured Middle: Signing bottles for charity auction in
Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Pictured Bottom: Trade tasting, Milwaukee.
Out Now - Latest Stephen Tanzer
Internationally and critically acclaimed, Tanzer's International
Wine Cellar is one of the foremost publications when it comes to
wine reviews and advice, follow the
link to our
reviews page to read the latest from Tanzer on Old Plains and
Shiraz Challenge at the Ed
Held recently at the Edinburgh hotel Mitcham, the annual
shiraz challenge lived up to expectations. 700 punters through the
door in scenes that resemble a mosh pit at the big day out for a
great time. Possibly the best 20 bucks you could spend with over
200 wines on taste from producers big and small.
For Longhop and Old Plains the response was excellent, the Longhop
shiraz is now available at the Ed Cellars, our first bottleshop
listing in SA! And a great chance to meet some of our mail order
customers face to face. As for awards top points for Torzi
Matthews as they took best value wine under 20 bucks with Schist
First Press 2007
We're underway! The first Old Plains shiraz fruit from the
Adelaide Plains for 2007 has been picked, crushed, fermented and
basket pressed this week. Hot weather has seen vintage arrive two
weeks early on the Adelaide Plains. Despite the drought and
November frosts the Old Plains and Longhop vineyards continue to
produce outstanding quality fruits, plenty of chocolate, liquorice
and blood fruit flavours to the fore.
94 points - Old Plains
"Power of One" Shiraz 2005
Old Plains Power of One Shiraz 2005. By Gary Walsh
This comes off vines planted in the 1950's. Talk about
flavour! No wonder Domenic Torzi is a bit light on in the hair
department. This nearly blew my toupee off! I nearly always spit
the wine when tasting but found this one very hard to resist.
It's that sort of wine.
Lifted aromas of blackberry/raspberry, cassis, pepper,
bitumen and sweet toasty vanilla oak. The palate is power packed
and positively rippling with flavours of plum, blackberry,
raspberry, tar, vanilla and spice. Tannins are buffed, polished
and smooth yet still appropriately grainy and mouthcoating for a
wine of this size. No doubt hidden to a certain extent under the
weight of all that luxuriously fat fruit. A golden glow of alcohol
is present throughout. Dry savoury finish of great length. If you
like them big, bold and beautiful then look no further for this
could well be the wine of your dreams.
Rated : 94 Points. Tasted : Sep06. Alcohol : 14.5%
Closure : Screwcap. Drink : 2006 - 2012
Article from Winorama: http://www.winorama.com.au
Wine Australia - Sydney
Wine Australia held in Sydney during July
lived up to all expectations. Producers, big and small from all
parts of Australia showcased their wine to thousands of wine
buyers from around the world.
Old Plains, Longhop and the Torzi Matthews
labels were stand-outs during the show. People were blow away with
the quality and price of the wines. The story behind Old Plains
and Longhop was told many a time during the weekend. Meeting
customers, putting a face
to a name and sharing a glass made for an enjoyable weekend.
talks it up."
Renowned Australian wine writer Campbell
Mattinson talks to Domenic Torzi about "The Plains" and
gives us an insight into where the Old Plains and Longhop labels
the Winefront article here."
News: June 2006
New Distributors announced!
We continue to be unearthed offshore, meaning great news for the
people of Denmark and Singapore.
Tom L. Pedersen from the Atomwine company http://atomwine.dk
has been appointed sole distributor for Old Plains and
Longhop range of wines in Denmark. The first shipment is currently
steaming to Denmark. Tom has great experience within the Danish market
and has built a solid portfolio of wines from around the world. Old
Plains and Longhop add another perspective to this range.
News: 2006 Vintage
2006 provided us with an exceptional quality vintage with somewhat
cooler conditions than previous years. Our shiraz harvest was delayed by
two weeks due to February rains, which meant fermenting space was at a
premium as the cabernet sauvignon was picked around the same time. Fruit
flavours were excellent. The grenache enjoyed the cooler weather (as did
the grape pickers) and we used 25% whole bunch grenache in the open
fermenter, the flavours are sure to excite. The wines are currently in
barrel awaiting the first racking at the end of malo.
News: Longhop Boomerang Shiraz 2005
Our latest release wine has created quite a stir, not only is the
wine excellent value, the striking label design sets it apart from the
crowd. On closer inspection you will notice the top L taking a longhop, the
horizon representing the Adelaide Plains, the bright blue sky and hot
sun signals the great climate of the Adelaide Plains and finally, the
lower L is in fact downunder. Take a closer
look at the Longhop Boomerang Shiraz label.
News: Longhop Old Vine Grenache 2005
For too long grenache has been misunderstood and mistreated. Used in
many a blend and given all sorts of acronyms to disguise and confuse. Here we have made a straight grenache, big and bold, with the
Adelaide Plain really showing what its capable off in this wine.