It’s very muc big Shiraz week here at Australian Wine Review, so let’s introduce in a more medium weight iteration of a top dog Adelaide Hills Shiraz – the new Longview The Piece Shiraz 2018.
I didn’t take a photo of the spray tin that this red comes in, but it’s excellent. Or I think so. The Piece, as I detailed in last vintage’s review here, is a celebration wine that highlights the work of clever graffiti artists. Unfortunately, the Longview team couldn’t hold their event this year due to fucking COVID, so instead the artwork on this label comes from the runner up from the 2016 vintage competition. Excellent.
Sadly, this could be the last edition of the Piece as the competition may well be wound up. What a wine to go out with.
The weight has been throttled back a fraction, but this remains a luscious wine. No doubt the oak being older has helped, and it give this an extra layer of everything. Dark fruit, sumptuous moccha oak, a sense of seamlessness throughout. It’s closer to McLaren Vale than Adelaide Hills, and just a little warm and drying to finish. But also long, rich and inviting in an expansive way. Good stuff.
Longview The Piece Shiraz 2018. Best drinking: now and for fifteen years plus. 18.5/20, 94/100. 14%, $95. Longview website. Would I buy it? This would make a killer gift for anyone who can appreciate quality graf.
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