Shiraz is the most planted varietal at Longview and there is plenty of choice and many blending options when it comes to making Yakka Shiraz. The vineyards, planted between 1995 and 2002, are on widely varying soils from granular ironstone through to fine sandy loam. The hallmark of Yakka Shiraz is an aromatic profile of white pepper and clove spice.Yakka Shiraz is matured for 15 months in old and new French barriques. Typically, the wine displays vibrant blue fruits, spice and flavours of dark chocolate and coffee. It is an elegant, cool-climate Shiraz style -- medium bodied, velvety-textured, and finishing with a touch of vanillin oak. While Yakka is excellent for early drinking, it can also benefit from 10+ years cellaring. The wine is named after the hardy Xanthorrhoea flowering plant which is ubiquitous in Australia and found around Longview's perimeter.
"You can't help but admire the integration of sweet, sawdusty French oak with black cherried fruit and assorted spices and woody herbs. Plum flavours add yet more flesh to sink into; smoke notes a bit of fantasy; velvety texture the cushion on which it's all propped. It's a wonderful red to settle in with." 95 points, Wine Companion (December 2017)
"The Yakka vineyard has been a good performer over the years.
Plush but cool, if that makes sense. It’s not baked or thick; it’s juicy and lively, though the fruit is ripe and indeed has some sweetness. Happy days. Plums, red cherries, sawdust, cloves and woodsmoke. A splash of dry herbs, but not in an overt way. This wine will appeal to those who enjoy lashings of shiraz fruit but don’t mind a bit of elegance. A bit of finesse. Tannin continue that latter theme. The word latticework comes to mind. It’s an excellent release." 94 points, The Wine Front
"Deep red/purple colour and a lovely spicy, clean, vibrant aroma of properly ripe shiraz, the pepper and spice notes nicely mingled with red and darker fruits. Oak has been sensitively employed, the tannins are soft and mild but present, acidity is crisp and balanced, all leading to a refreshing, cleansing finish and aftertaste. An elegant shiraz." 93 points, The Real Review (March 2018)
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.