Longview’s Shiraz Barbera takes the best of Australia and Italy and blends them together to create a harmonious, modern food wine. The Shiraz has all the hallmarks of cool-climate fruit — spicy, savoury with crunchy berries. The Barbera provides a juicy, cherry-like brightness and taut acid backbone that gives the wine wonderful structure. It is a wine that is extremely drinkable young but will develop well over 5 years.
2019 was a near perfect vintage with plentiful rainfall during winter and spring. Aside from a few hot January days temperatures during growing season were consistently mild, prolonging ripening and enabling intense 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 variability in the crop. All fruit is hand-picked (Barbera is berry-sorted and undergoes a 5 day cold-soak). It is cruished, de-stemmed before a cool, open ferment for up to 21 days. Malolactic fermentation occurs in French Oak Hogsheads. The blend is determined in the barrel room solely based on fruit flavour and acid balance.
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Sydney Royal Wine Show - Top Gold Medal Winner 2019 Australian Cool-Cimate Wine Show - Top Gold Medal Winner 2019