2014 Longhop Old Vine Grenache
The Craft: Whole berry ferment in one five tonne open top fermenter. Soft pump overs and minimal hand plunging, on skins for seven days. Basket pressed with ferment finishing off in barrel. Matured for 24 months in seasoned American and French oak barriques. Two rackings prior to unfiltered bottling.
Vintage Comments: 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.
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 2°C 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, amazing full colouring of red juice the highlight, along with a burgeoning array of complex flavours across all varieties.
Vineyard Notes: The last remaining old vine Grenache vineyard in its sub-region. Tendered by Mr Frank Gagliardi since he planted in the 1960’s. Now fully surrounded by housing estates. A true icon wine from a last stand vineyard.
Tasting Note: Lovely perfume of cherries, choc-mint and spice. Great old vine depth and rich mouthfeel flavours with lovely sandy tannins and ever lasting finish. Pop pour now but will age 6+ years nicely.
expert reviews about
2014 Longhop Old Vine Grenache
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+
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+
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+