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2013 Longhop Old Vine Grenache
From 50 year old vines planted along the Gawler River.
Sweet and sour cherries, chocolate, mint, spice and a whiff of toasted coconut marshmallows. And kind of meaty and savoury too. Medium bodied, juicy flavour and spice, some warmth from alcohol, but it’s fresh and lively too, with particularly appealing sandy tannins lending grip and shape. Plenty of length. A bit of a bargain.2015 - 2019+
The trick with these warm-hearted Grenache wines, I often find, is to serve them with a light chill. They taste fresher, and drink better too. Even adding an ice cube is a good idea. Slightly jubey red fruits, spice, cedar, dried mint and rose perfume. Medium to full bodied, showing some savoury bottle age complexity, a dusting of fine grainy tannin, a little warmth, and an old wood spiced perfumed finish. It’s a good drink.2017 - 2019+
Longhop is such a fertile hunting ground for well-priced, well-flavoured reds.
This is classy. It’s warm with alcohol but it gets away with it. It’s flush with sweet raspberry, leather, chicory, deeper blackberried notes and an array of dried Italian herbs. Texture and fruit oomph it has nailed. And its tannin curls out deliciously through the finish. It is a ripper release.2014 - 2021+