Vista Shiraz Barbera 2017
Longview’s sense of place is reflected in Varied Inclines Slopes Terrain & Aspects. Given that Australia is known internationally for its unique blends and forward thinking wine-making, it makes sense to use Australia’s hero red variety, Shiraz and blend it with one of Italy’s finest, Barbera.
Longview’s Shiraz has all the hallmarks of a cool-climate style – spicy, savoury with crunchy berry fruit. The Barbera provides a juicy, cherry-like brightness and taut acid backbone that gives the wine a wonderful structure.
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Longview’s Shiraz has all the hallmarks of a cool-climate style—spicy, savoury with crunchy berry fruit. 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.
2017 was a very cool vintage with intermittent rainfall, prolonging the ripening period and enabling good 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 bunch variability further improving fruit quality.
All fruit is hand-picked. Both varietals were de-stemmed and crushed before a cool, open co-ferment for 21 days. Maturation occurs in French Oak Hogsheads – 3rd and 4th use and bottled after 12 months.
2017 VISTA Shiraz Barbera
Silver Medal- 2018 Adelaide Hills Wine Show
Bronze Medal – 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Top Gold – 2018 Royal Hobart Wine Show
Rated : 91 Points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Made in the same style as the 2016, and with a similar flavour profile, but this 2017 is a step up in quality.
The perfect take-anywhere wine. Or any-day-of-the-week wine. The packaging is attractive and it tastes just right. It’s a sure-footed mix of sweetness and savouriness, meatiness and fruitiness: cloves, deli cabinet, graphite and black cherry flavours combine a treat. Well shape, well made, well delicious.
2016 VISTA Shiraz Barbera
92 Points: James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2018
It’s not a deep red but it gets all the basics right. Good tannin, appropriate, acidity, ripe fruit and just enough character to keep you interested without making you worry. Cherries, red and black. Undergrowth. Twiggy herbs and chalk tannin. Well cut, well polished.
Silver Medal – 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
90 Points: Huon Hooke – The Real Review.
Gold Medal (93 Points) – 2017 Australian Wine Showcase, Peter Muscet.
Bronze Medal – 2017 Adelaide Hills Wine Show
Bronze Medal – 2017 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Silver Medal – 2017 China Wine & Spirits Awards.
Bronze Medal – 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.
4 out of 5 Stars: Tony Love – The Advertiser. “Unlocking the combinations from this picturesque Macclesfield vineyard must be a fun job, with this latest release bringing together one hero variety with a lesser known Italian native grape associated mostly with the Piedmont region – so it loves hills. This is a 90 per cent shiraz blend that steps into a more savoury, minerally place with just a small portion of the barbera without sacrificing its vibrant crushed berry salad set of flavours in a bright and cheerful 13.5% alc slurpy style.”
Bronze Medal – 2017 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Campbell Mattinson – The Winefront. “It sees all French oak, none of it new, but the shiraz portion sees “newer” oak than the barbera, if that makes sense. You’d generally call it a ‘fun and fruity’ style though it has a touch more class/style than that. It’s a dry red, a pot of stewed cherries and plums gently whispered with spice prior to serving. Some reduction, some cloves, some florals, some meat. None of these characters are overt but they are there, chattering away. It’s at the top end of the tumbler class.
|Blend||80% Shiraz 20% Barbera|
|Residual Sugar||0.8 g/L|
|Total Acidity||5.9 g/L|