I can well remember the lumpy and raw early editions of the Longview Cabernet wines. Every time I’d shake my head and say ‘why do it?’ Adelaide Hills Cabernet is a hard beast to nail the ripeness, with either green tannins, or boozy edges, or both, making for typically awkward wines. Just graft it over to Shiraz!
A pleasure to this new Longview Macclesfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 looking rather more balanced then. Blackberry and mulberry with just a little cedar – it’s still Hills Cab, so you expect a bit of leaf. There is this contrast between berry jam fruit and a hint of more strict Cabernet leafiness and mint, but it feels more unforced and less hard-edged. Sophisticated, and a wine that screams Cabernet Sauvignon, even if it’s not perfectly proportioned. A good wine, maybe not great, but enjoyable proper Cab.
Best drinking: time would help. Give it five years. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14%, $45. Longview website. Would I buy it? Two glasses.
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