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1 - 3 of 3 Wines By Old Plains
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Longhop Cabernet Sauvignon
Adelaide Plains
Available by the dozen
Two Gawler high school mates mooted the idea of making Adelaide wine. Vineyards were surveyed, the major requirement being that old vines were essential. They fortuitously secured for themselves supply from some precious old sites which had survived the pullout schemes of the 1980s. Grapes are picked off old to very old vines, grown in auspicious sandy loams, nestled amongst the river red gums of Mt Lofty. Components are cannily assembled to achieve a unique construct of the established Cabernet Sauvignon style.
$2099each
$251DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Great wine begins on the land, the source Adelaide Plains vineyards are all special, remnant plantings which have survived urban expansion and the pursuit of more lucrative agriculture. The small band of Longhop's growers have embraced the ideal of delivering premium grapes in order to showcase the power and rich fruit flavours that the Adelaide region has to offer. Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from old, low cropping and descendant vines. Whole berries are vinified and hand plunged in traditional open top fermenters before a gentle basket press into barrel for completion. The finished wine is matured in a selection of seasoned French and American oak barriques for a year before bottling without filtration.
 
Deeply coloured, garnet hue. Immediatly recognisable as Cabernet, blackcurrants and mulberry, distinctive earth and spice, lively cocoa, violets and black cherry notes. Well layered with rich currant and bramble flavours, `swooning across the palate, extended tannins draw out the long and savoury lip smacking, gum sucking finish.
Longhop Old Vines Grenache
Adelaide Plains
Available by the dozen
From the bespoke Manno Vineyard at Hillier in Mt Lofty Ranges, off vines over fifty years of age, planted to grey alluvial loams over limestone substrate. Treated to a traditional old world vinification of open top, whole bunch ferments and hand plunges, a good old fashioned basket press and twenty two months in a selection of seasoned French and American oaks. Its elegant, silky palate in support of clove and dark chocolate fruit flavours, it continues to build, dark and full of old vine power, its fine tannins drawing out the long satisifying finish.
$2099each
$251DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Raw Power Adelaide Plains Shiraz
Adelaide Plains
Available by the dozen
Rewind the tape twenty years and Rawley Power's voice was being pounded into the ear drums of punk music fans throughout the land. Rawley's strained voice as front man for punk band Anti-Power was also known to true blue fans as the Raw Power Show, as Rawley's voice took hold over the garage crowds whipping them into the original mosh. Twenty plus years on, a different life in full swing as advocate of red flowing liquid. A different life with the same my way approach. Punk singer, punk winemaker, Rawley Power, the creator of this fine drop.
$1399each
$167DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
A pure, single vineyard Adelaide Plains Shiraz, harvested off vines, forty five years of age, grown to red clay over limestone soils on the Varacalli property at Angle Vale. Real wine, unmanipulated and true, reflecting the commitment and authenticity of grass roots, garage winemaking. A combination of whole berries and whole bunch, indigenous yeast vinification in ten tonnes, open top fermenters is followed by gentle pumpovers and a traditional basket press, before completion of ferments in a mix of oak and tank. The finished wine is matured in well seasoned, large format, five hundred litres American oak puncheons before bottling unfiltered, unpolished and raw, with plenty of power, the Adelaide Plains way.
 
Deep, dark red colour. Spicy, blackberry nose with hints of cherry, dark chocolates, tobacco and mint. A robust palate with layers of berry flavours, plums and pepper spice, chocolate and aniseed. Firm tannins, bright acids and background oak in support of the long, lingering finish.
The challenge began when it was decided to fashion hand made wines from precious fruit grown to superlative sites which escaped the vine pull of the 1980s

The Longhop and Old Plains range of wines are produced by Domenic Torzi and Tim Freeland. The former Gawler high school mates first mooted the idea of making icon wines from the Adelaide Plains in 2002. Vineyards were secured, the requirement being old vines a priority. The small band of growers have embraced the ideal of delivering premium grapes in order to showcase the power and rich fruit flavours the Adelaide Plains has to offer.

Old Plains

Great wine begins in the vineyard and for Old Plains and Longhop nothing is more important. The source vineyards are all unique, remnant plantings that have survived urban expansion and the pursuit of other agricultural profits. They also escaped the vine pull schemes that were popular during the 1980s.

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These government sponsored schemes saw old, low yielding vines uprooted with the help of subsidies and replaced by cash crops of vegetables and wheat. In some instances vast tracts of old vine shiraz was replaced by chardonnay! What a waste. The remaing small vineyards are true masterpieces of wine grape flavour, weathered, gnarly and magnificent in their defiance of commercial expansion.

The American importer of Old Plains and Longhop wines, Vine Street Imports hosted their first ever range tasting at Philadelphia in 2008. With 20 plus Australian and New Zealand winemakers in attendance, Vine Street sent out invites across the US states to distributors, retailers and trade punters. With approx 120 wines on offer and approx 400 attendees on the day, they were treated to possibly the most diverse wines ever shown in USA. Old Plains launched Raw Power Shiraz with great success, described as the wine of the tasting for delivering value for money, quality and a sharp marketing edge. American consumers have since embraced Raw Power for its sheer quality.

http://www.oldplains.com/ - Old Plains
http://www.oldplains.com/ - Old Plains

WARNING Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 it is an offence to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years. The penalty exceeds $6,000
It is an offence for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor. The penalty exceeds $500. Liquor Licence 51409215

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