After making some truly wonderful shiraz wines in the Barossa Valley, some of the most complex and high quality shiraz wines that we were tasting in Western Australia were grown in the Frankland River sub-region of the Great Southern wine region.
The name Long Road comes from the fact that each vintage, it’s a long drive on a long winding road to reach the vineyard to taste and sample the ripening grapes.
Our winemaking philosophy is to handle our red ferments following traditional, artisanal winemaking practices with minimal additions. We ferment our shiraz in open topped fermenters for 7 days. The wine completes fermentation through to dryness on skins then it is pressed off through our basket press, then matured for up to 2 years in a mix of a French and American oak barrels.
It’s colour is a deep inky purple with plum red hues. Aromas of blueberry, dark cherry, chocolate, savoury spices and hints of fragrant white pepper. On the palate, the red and dark berry flavours continue, balanced by smooth, velvety tannins, and finishes with lingering savoury flavours of pepper and spice. This wine is balanced and elegant in style, with all the structure and flavour intensity to age well for the ten years or longer.