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Longview Whippet Sauvignon Blanc

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Stepping up against the Marlborough Savvy onslaught is hard work, but wines like this Whippet are sleek, lean and powerful enough to smash so many of them. All it needs is a chance!

So, what has Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc got going for it then?

A range of factors really, starting with climate: the Adelaide Hills has a large diurnal temperature range (a large variation between day and night temperatures) which generally results in warm days and cool nights, a combination which helps to bring out ripe flavours but without losing good natural acidity.

Secondly, the Hills also has some lovely fertile soils, which really do make for grapes that are healthier, with more concentrated fruit flavours.

The end result is wines like this - with loads of aromatic intensity and juicy flavours, all without losing essential natural acidity.

Winemaker's Notes

Grown on our estate’s south-western slopes, this wine shows all the hallmarks of fine, cool-climate Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. The 2013 vintage was one of the very best we have seen and we started to see amazing flavours in the fruit even at low sugar levels. This Sauvignon Blanc displays aromas of fresh cut grass, asparagus, honeysuckle, white flowers and lemon. The palate displays refreshing melon, gooseberry and nettle characters and finishes with incredible mouth-watering acidity. 

Whippet Sauvignon Blanc is sourced entirely from Longview Vineyard in Macclesfield, Adelaide Hills. The fruit was hand-picked in early am, chilled to 10°C, the juice separated and skins pressed. Bentonite fining ensures a bright finish.

Awards and Accolades

Top Gold Medal: 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Show 
Silver Medal: 2014 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

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Longview Whippet Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright colour, and offering a pungent blend of fresh-cut grass, passionfruit and straw on the bouquet; the lemony acidity is linear and fine, providing thrust and cut to the juicy fruit on offer.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
Interesting, complex and layered. Luscious lychee aromas and lovely varietal expression on a palate with sensible acid.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
The star of a tough vintage at Longview is a perfumed and honed sauvignon of lifted citrus blossom and exotic frangipane fragrance. It's taut and fresh, supported by tight Adelaide Hills acidity.
Wine100, December Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Pale quartz; a lively, crisp and crunchy sauvignon, with vibrant citrus, apple, gooseberry and acidity all in play; very good length.
To Now
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; has abundant sauvignon blanc varietal expression on the bouquet and palate alike, largely in a tropical pineapple/passionfruit spectrum; very good early drinking.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This Adelaide Hills savvy has aromas of orange, lemon, sweet green basil and cut grass. The palate rides on sizzlingly crisp acidity, delivering zesty stone-fruit and citrus flavour throughout. A reliable producer with a great vineyard behind it.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A big burst of passionfruit aroma on the nose of this Macclesfield sauvignon blanc - it really makes a big impression - and some leafy nuances too. The palate has ample flavour and bright, chirpy acidity, more passionfruit and grassy flavours here, lively to the very end.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
An extreme makeover and swanky new labelling, Longview has been reinvented by the powerhouse that is the Saturno brothers. Thankfully, the Whippet name held up, as did the fresh, floral bouquet and lemon, lime, pink grapefruit and guava flavoured palate of this great value, dry style.
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A clean but closed bouquet; the palate opens quietly, then squeaky lemony acidity on the finish lifts the wine significantly.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Ken Gargett (2007 Vintage) says
The Adelaide Hills is our top region for sauv blanc. Shaw & Smith live there, and theirs is almost always the best Aussie savvy. The region offers a very different style from the overt, smash-mouth wines of Marlborough, but some of you will prefer it. This one's fine and elegant, but still has buckets of savvy character. And guess who made it? Martin Shaw, among others—the same Shaw mentioned briefly above.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
light- to medium-bodied; grass, herb and gooseberry, then a firm finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light-bodied; clean, fresh and correct; gooseberry, herbaceous and mineral flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean and crisp; mineral, gooseberry herbaceous flavours; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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