Nebbiolo is Italy's "King of Grapes" and responsible for some of the world's most profound and long-lived wines.
Heady and perfumed with ever-changing characteristics of cherries, dried flowers, anise and tar, Nebbiolo's high acid and tannin profile ensure exquisite age-worthy wines with beauty.
Planted in 1995 to a variety of clones ranging from 1-11 (Rosato Clone), F12V7, F12V12 and the famed CN 230 clone, Longview is one of Australia's oldest Nebbiolo vineyards.
The 2017 vintage was very cool with high rainfall early in the growing season, followed by cool ripening period. Flavour development and acid retention was exceptional with harvest occurring at an ideal Baume for Nebbiolo. It was hand harvested based on flavour profile on the 8th of April and immediately stored in cold rooms prior to crushing. Hand sorting of bunches occurred in the vineyard during harvest to ensure all quality parameters were met.
A very pretty, bright crimson pink.
Fresh, bright red fruits and spice with a little of the typical Nero d’ Avola quince character coming through.
Lovely crisp flavoursome palate with good texture and acidity and a long dry, savoury finish lingering with rhubarb and quince.
The beauty of Five Geese spans across 32 Hectares of vineyards located in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia.
Nestled in the north-eastern end of the Willunga basin, Blewitt Springs lies about 180m above sea level. This slightly higher elevation provides a cooler climate than nearby McLaren Vale and Willunga. With cooler temperatures and moderating afternoon sea breezes, the grapes grown here enjoy a long, even ripening season.
Vintage in Blewitt Springs is often some two to three weeks later than the rest of the district. These extra weeks give the fruit time to develop more complex flavour ripeness, without the excessive baumes found in warmer areas. The grapes develop a beautiful balance of flavour, acidity, and sugar, which then translate into complex, but not overly alcoholic wines.
The Five Geese Shiraz is sourced from Blewitt Springs vineyard. The soil is deep sand over clay and is minimally irrigated from a small amount of available surface water.
The Five Geese Grenache is hand-picked from the dry grown, old bush Grenache vines. These gnarly old vines produce a very intensely flavoured Grenache. These vines are some of the oldest in the district.
Five Geese also has vines near McLaren Flat (located at the eastern end of the valley) and from here we source our Cabernet and Nero d'Avola. The deep alluvial iron-rich soils of the vineyard imparts vibrant textures and flavours to the fruit.