The beauty of Longview Vineyard goes beyond its spectacular vistas. Longview is perfectly situated to grow both white and red varietals equally well. The natural rise of the vineyard’s vast slopes is carefully chosen to suit each varietal.
Longview was originally a dairy for most of the 20th century, then in 1995 it was first planted to vine. During this process Longview took into consideration important aspects such as each; slope, gradient, height and soil. For example, aspect is highly important for the ripening of full flavoured red varietals. Red varietals require greater sun-exposure in this cool-climate region of the Adelaide Hills.
The northerly facing slopes were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Nebbiolo. While classic cool-climate white varieties that require gentler sun (Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay) are primarily on the southern slopes.
Longview is located on the South Eastern Ridge of the Mt Lofty Ranges. At our highest point a “long view” gazes out toward the Southern Ocean and Lake Alexandrina.
This southern location accounts for a slightly higher than average temperature than the rest of the Adelaide Hills. While the altitude confirms it as a true cool-climate site.
During the winter and spring months (May to September) Macclesfield has an annual rainfall of 750mm. During the summer, warm days are followed by cool winds shifting from the southern waters of Lake Alexandrina and the coast. Consequently, these conditions result in a very high diurnal range. Which is quite site specific and provides a breadth of flavour and aromatic profiles in the grape berry.
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Find out where our wines come from with our interactive map.
Simply click on the shaded areas to find more information on each patch of vineyard and where your favourite Longview wines begin their journey.
As you can see, some varieties and wines are sourced from various blocks and therefore represented on different parts of the map. This illustrates how Longview builds complexity in our wines by selecting from diverse patches and aspects within the estate.
Originally from the Loire Valley, Sauvignon Blanc is a distinctive and important grape for the Adelaide Hills.
When picked at optimum Baumé and not overly ripe, it makes aromatic, vibrant wine with grassy aromatics, citrus and tropical fruit flavours
Longview is planted to 7 Ha of Sauvignon Blanc on different aspects of the vineyard. Moreover, each patch is either spur or cane prune to control yield and therefore acidity and flavour in the berry.
Both F4V6 and M1 clones are planted between 325 and 410 metres above sea level on granular Ironstone over fine sandy loam soil.
A total of 5 blocks covering 5 hectares of Shiraz were planted between 1995 and 2002. The various aspects, soil profiles and orientation give us the ability to pick and choose Shiraz parcels according to the wine it is destined for.
Traditionally, Shiraz intended for ‘The Piece’ is meticulously hand-picked from select rows of SH2, SH 3, SH15 and SH13 E, the rockiest, driest patch of the vineyard. These vines are planted purposefully on differing aspects to ensure ripeness yet maintain the acidity and complexity that has become a mainstay of ‘The Piece’ Shiraz.
As with the Yakka, BVRC12, 1654 clones are planted on granular ironstone through fine sandy loam.
Nebbiolo is Italy’s “King of Grapes” and responsible for some of the world’s most profound and long-lived wines.
Heady and perfumed with ever-changing characteristics of cherries, dried flowers, anise and tar, Nebbiolo’s high acid and tannin profile ensure exquisite age-worthy wines with beauty.
Planted in 1995 to a variety of clones ranging from 1-11 (Rosato Clone), F12V7, F12V12 and the famed CN 230 clone, Longview is one of Australia’s oldest Nebbiolo vineyards.
Recently in 2018 we have increased our planting of Nebbiolo with 2 new clones CVT 142 and Mudgee.
Clonal selection for Nebbiolo is of utmost importance when considering the styles of Nebbiolo wines we produce at Longview; Rosato, Fresco (Vino Novello) and Riserva.
Cabernet Sauvignon makes wonderfully concentrated, dry and structured wines with deep colour and aromas of blackcurrant and cedar.
Devil’s Elbow Cabernet is sourced entirely from our CS1 block, set on a 45-degree gradient with its highest point at 400m above sea level.
Granulated Ironstone sits over Fine Sandy Loam and Yellow Clay on this patch of vineyard which is planted to LC10 and Old Reynella clones on own roots.
With its roots firmly planted in France, Chardonnay is found everywhere wine grapes are grown and is arguably the world’s most versatile grape.
From refreshing and lean to rich and powerful, this pliant grape lends itself to many wine-making techniques.
Longview’s Chardonnay currently consists of a variety of clones including I10V1, Entav 76, 95, 96 and 589 all planted on clay loam soil under a layer of quartz. This clonal selection gives us the ability to select the best parcels each vintage according to the style we want to produce.
Barbera has it’s origins in the Piedmonte region of Italy. Deeply coloured, fresh and soft with bright cherry flavours.
Planted to 2 clones (84 & 424) on own roots and rootstock, this classic Italian variety has required lots of attention in the vineyard. Notoriously tricky in the early years of growth, we purposefully dropped the first few crops – as the Piemontese do.
Spur pruned. Telecki 5C rootstock over sandy clay loam.
Pinot Nero/Noir is one the world’s most noble grape varieties and indeed one of the oldest. Over 1,000 clones of this grape are known.
4 hectares of Pinot Nero on own rootstock, have been planted at Longview to the D5V12 clone.
Riesling is one of the most ancient German grape varieties.
Very expressive of the soil on which it is grown, Riesling has lifted floral aromatics, tight acidity, minerality and a wonderfully fruity palate. It’s acid profile makes it perfect for a crisp, crunchy refreshing style.
Granular Ironstone over Sandy Clay Loam comprises the soil of the famed “Iron Knob” vineyard which is planted to the GM 198 clone on own roots.
Pinot Grigio (or Gris) dates back to 18th century Germany and France but came to North-East Italy in the early 1800’s.
A high yielding and early ripening varietal, careful management in the vineyard is imperative to achieve aromatics of white flowers, pears and peaches while maintaining a crunchy palate weight.
In 2008, Longview has the D1V7 clone planted at 350 mteres above sea level on granular ironstone over fine silty loam soils. Recently in 2016 we added 2 hectares of ENTAV 547 clone.
Gruner Veltliner an indigenous grape of Austria. Thanks to Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson at Hanhdorf Hill winery, Gruner Veltliner has found a new home in the Adelaide Hills.
Longview Vineyard is planted to three different Gruner Veltliner clones (HHW 2, HHW 3 and Iby) all on own roots and sourced from Austria. Now 9 years old we are noticing fantastic fruit quality across the board with well controlled vigour.