As Vintage Longbottom takes the next step on its family journey, the natural transition was to make a fresh start also in the winemaking department.
With its wines true to style and delivering dependable, full-bodied, full flavoured expressions of classic Australian red and white varieties, Kim and Margo have held tightly to that same philosophy while shifting to new regional sourcing.
Under the watchful eye of renowned winemaker Matt Wenk, the Henry’s Drive range will maintain its classic shiraz-focused characters though clearly there will be a subtle regional evolution.
THE HENRY’S DRIVE RANGE
CLASSIC SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ STYLING FROM THE CELEBRATED MCLAREN VALE REGION.
The top-tier Magnus, a wine that pays tribute to Mark’s strength, determination and character, was always a single hillside sited Padthaway shiraz, and to reflect its much-loved aromatic, spicy and complex nature, it now comes from the more elevated, and celebrated, districts of Clarendon and Blewitt Springs within the McLaren Vale region yet crafted in a similar winemaking manner.
The middle tier Henry’s Drive reds will be sourced from McLaren Vale floor vineyards to remain true to style with their traditionally rich and more chocolatey senses brought to the fore.
The H Range
Elegant and contemporary cool-climate varieties, grown and crafted in the Adelaide Hills to excite your senses.
The H range was always made to be a little outside the square in Padthaway terms, and a move to the Adelaide Hills for fruit sourcing makes these wines even more exciting with their elegant, leaner and edgier characters front of mind.
The H range now consists of a sauvignon blanc and chardonnay sourced from one of the most distinctive, older and higher-altitude vineyards in the Lenswood district, while a syrah (shiraz) designed in a cool climate style, is harvested from well documented sites around Nairne and Oakbank.
Vintage Longbottom also has moved its home base to the Hills, within the Tapanappa winery complex in the Piccadilly Valley, putting Kim and Margo in the frame every day to achieve a total and natural transition towards the future.