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Nebbiolo Rosato, Longview Vineyard

Nebbiolo Rosato, Longview Vineyard [©Longview Vineyard]

Queenie Pinot Grigio, Longview Vineyard


Just outside the historic township of Macclesfield in South Australia's Adelaide Hills sits the eponymous Longview Vineyard.

Vines grown on undulating slopes in this special micro-climate produce premium fruit that goes into the crisp whites and savoury reds this single vineyard estate is renowned for.

Longview Vineyard is also placed in South Australian Tourism's Hall of Fame, recognising that their award-winning wines are experienced in the perfect setting.

With four star accommodation, a brand new tasting room and eatery plus an annual street-art festival and an ideal wedding setting, Longview is a popular Adelaide Hills destination.

Brothers Mark and Peter Saturno work with a small, specialised team to meticulously manage the vineyard making sure the fruit is the expected high quality.

In that team is viticulurist Kym Ludvigsen who recently won the Trophy for Viticultural Excellence at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

Here are tasting notes for three of their wines including one they are particularly passionate about, a Nebbiolo:  


 Nebbiolo Rosato 2017

Vintage notes: The 2017 vintage was very cool with high rainfall early in the growing season, followed by cool ripening period. Flavour development and acid retention was exceptional with harvest occurring at an ideal Baume for nebbiolo.

It was hand harvested based on flavour profile on the 8th of April and immediately stored in cold rooms prior to crushing. Hand sorting of bunches occurred in the vineyard during harvest to ensure all quality parameters were met.

Tasting notes: Vibrant salmon pink in colour with delicate notes of orange peel, musk and strawberries on the nose. The palate bursts with maraschino cherries and raspberries, then finishes with savoury, refreshing acidity. Lingering and dry; unmistakably nebbiolo!

Winemaking notes:  All four clones of nebbiolo planted on own roots present at Longview are processed for Rosato. Clone 111 is the largest portion selected for its amazing perfume lift, with 230, F12V13 and F12V7 allocated for their fruit weight and ability to contribute to the structure component in the wine.

The majority of the nebbiolo blocks were planted in 1997 and are all on north-facing slopes in four different areas. The nebbiolo is cane pruned and trained to a VSP trellis. It is shoot thinned early to 8-10 shoots/m and then bunch thinned twice to ensure yields are controlled for even ripening and  fruit flavour development. Leaf plucking is performed for air circulation late in the season to improve drying conditions.

The fruit was hand-picked, then chilled to 10°C. It was then crushed, de-stemmed and the free run juice separated and fermented for this light rose style. Bentonite fining and coarse earth filtering ensures a clear, bright pink finish.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

RRP A$25.00 bottle (direct from vineyard)

Awards: Best Rosé in Show, 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Show


Kühl Grüner Veltliner 2017

Vintage notes: 2017 was a very cool vintage with intermittent rainfall, prolonging the ripening period enabling good fruit flavor development without high sugars. Shoot thinning was conducted a month before budburst to improve shoot length and control yields. Bunch thinning prior to flowering and then again during veraison, ensured improved airflow and reduced bunch variability further improving fruit quality.

Tasting notes: The wine has a brilliant clarity and pale straw colour. Aromas of pear, pepper, celery with hints of melon are evident and the palate is dry and spicy with a textural, lingering finish of radish and golden delicious, underpinned with a lovely crunchy refreshing acidity.

Winemaking notes: Longview Vineyard is planted to three different gruner veltliner clones (HHW 2, HHW 3 and Iby) all on own roots and sourced from Austria. Now 6 years old fantastic fruit quality is noticed across the board with well controlled vigour.

The gruner was hand-harvested based on flavour development at 12.5 Baume. It was crushed, de-stemmed and must chilled to 3 degrees Celsius before gentle airbag pressing. Free run and pressings fractions kept separate, only free run used for Kuhl.

The juice was then settled and racked with some of the lees returned to the clarified juice to accentuate the mid palate richness of the variety. The aim is to bottle relatively early to preserve freshness the wine was stabilised, filtered and then bottled.

Alc/vol: 13.0%

RRP A$25.00 bottle (direct from vineyard)


Queenie Pinot Grigio

Vintage notes: 2017 was a very cool vintage and with few heat spikes. The grigio fruit was picked a little later than usual and yields were low.  Intermittent rainfall did not affect the fruit which was clean with pristine flavour and very varietal. By picking in early morning we preserved some very delicate fruit flavours in the grape berries.

Tasting notes: grown on a south-western slope atop the Longview estate, this pinot grigio shows all the hallmarks of a traditional Italian style. The cooler 2017 vintage resulted in lower yields and ensured restraint on the palate and style.

Clean with light citrus notes and an aromatic lift on the nose. The palate is crisp and dry with delicate green apple and nashi pear fruit, finishing with bright, natural acidity

Winemaking notes:  Longview’s Queenie Pinot Grigio is sourced entirely from Longview Vineyard in Macclesfield, Adelaide Hills. Hand-picked in the early morning, the fruit was at perfect ripeness for this style of pinot grigio.

The fruit was crushed, chilled and pressed immediately. 100% underwent a cool ferment in stainless steel to preserve the wine’s fruit purity; this was followed by slight lees stirring and finally cold stabilisation.

Alc/vol: 12.0%

RRP A$21.00 bottle (direct from vineyard)



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