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Cool-Climate Australia

Cool-Climate Australia

With our wine sale finishing after this weekend, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at one of our producers Longview, who are well represented in the sale with three delicious wines on offer.

Longview is a stunning family owned Australian vineyard located just outside the historic township of Macclesfield in the Adelaide Hills. Set on undulating slopes reminiscent of classic old world estates, it has quickly established itself as one the most awarded vineyards in the region since its first vintage in 2001.

Longview Vineyard is a little warmer than other Adelaide Hills' sites but its wines are still decidedly cool climate in style showing restraint and finesse without sacrificing depth.

In setting up the winery, brothers Peter and Mark Saturno were eager for to take on the challenge of producing the kind of premium, cool climate wines they had developed a passion for whilst abroad. The wines below show just what a good job the Saturnos are doing in achieving that aim.

Longview Buckets White €11.49 down from €13.99, Australia has always been famous for it's Semillons but up here in the cool Adelaide Hills, when blended with Sauvignon Blanc, it takes on a whole new dimension. This has brilliant aromatics and intense fruit, dare we say it has more flavour than most Australian whites on the market!

For a great match try it with a Goat's cheese salads.

Longview Whippet Sauvignon Blanc €12.99 down from €16.99,  this Marlborough style Sauvignon is grassy, pungent and bursting with fruit. This is a simply brilliant dry white and stands out as one of Australia's finest examples of Sauvignon. Also, it makes an ideal mid-week option because of its low alcohol.

Longview's flagship Yakka Shiraz €13.99 down from €18.99,  is a model of cool restrained fruit, balance and complexity, but still displays lush ripe fruit. Here we have a stunning Shiraz that is going to improve and evolve for years but is drinking beautifully already.

To see it at its best serve with chargrilled rib-eye steak.

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