Longview Yakka Shiraz 2014
I’ve always seen Longview as more of a white wine producer than red, with ripeness (both under and over) issues in many years.
This Shiraz bucks the trend, however, as it is perfectly ripe. Hand picked, cool fermented, and matured for circa 18 months in new and older French hogsheads. That’s some serious oak maturation…
Purple-red coloured, the nose is packed with grainy chocolate oaky. It’s quality oak but toasty and a little intrusive, with soft raspberry and plum fruit underneath. Soft and generous, the palate looks like it has been pressed off early (minimal tannins) and the oak just adds to the lavish generosity, the berry flavours lingering longer than I expected.
A departure in style for this wine but a not unwelcome one. Those plump, full flavours are going to win friends all over the place. Best drinking: 2016-2025. 16.8/20, 89/100. 14%, $27. Would I buy it? Not quite, but it has a place.