RANKED #2 of 22 2019 Nebbiolo from Australia. The Real Review
Longview is a stunning, family-owned Adelaide Hills single vineyard located just outside the historic township of Macclesfield. Set on undulating slopes reminiscent of old world estates but with a clear Australian accent, it has quickly established itself as one of the most awarded vineyards in the region since its first vintage in 2001.
The original vineyards are now 20yr+ in age although plantings of the 'alternative varieties' (Barbera, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Grigio) are somewhat younger. Winemaking is overseen by Ben Glaetzer in close consultation with owners Peter and Mark Saturno.
"Best Wineries of the Regions" + "5 black stars" Halliday Wine Companion 19/20/21
"Top Wineries of Australia" Huon Hooke, The Real Review 18/19/20
"I think the wine was formerly known as Riserva is now Saturnus, or Pinchy for short. Though it may just have been called Saturnus for a while, and I missed it, as I’m not a fellow who pays much attention to most things. And as we all know I’m quite fussy about Nebbiolo, and I love this wine.
Frisky and fresh, almost into an alpine Nebbiolo style here, which I like. It’s fragrant, rosy, flowering basil/aniseed thing, cherry, red fruits and almond. Medium-bodied, crisp, fresh acidity, energetic and vibrant style, a little sweet spice in the mix, and maybe liquorice, light dusty almost peppery feel to tannin, and plenty of bright sweet cherry on a long cool finish. Delightful, beautifully made too, and not trying too hard. Absolutely worthy, classic and fine-boned Nebbiolo of character and interest. Likely more to come, too. Recommended." Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
"Light ruby-red colour with a crystalline brightness. Cherry and rosemary flower aromatics. Deep cherry fruits open the palate, then it rolls into a savoury-earth and mountain herb complexity. It flows long and deep with a weight and drive that is balanced to a slippery tannin structure. A very good example of local nebbiolo" Stuart Knox. RANKED #2 of 22. 2019 Nebbiolo from Australia. The Real Review
"You have got to feel sorry for anyone that takes on nebbiolo. This is not an easy grape and is tough work in the vineyard and the winery needing TLC all the way from budburst through to bottling. But when it all comes together the wines can absolutely sing, like this vintage of Saturnus from Longview Vineyard. The Longview vineyard in Macclesfield is in a slightly warmer part of the Adelaide Hills which suits nebbiolo helping to soften what can be eyewatering acidity. Mid cherry red it opens up with pretty and fragrant fruits – pure raspberry, dark earth and floral notes with a good mix of sweet and savoury aromas. It is then dry, firm and concentrated with layers of anise, spice and sour cherry fruits. It’s tannic too but also quite long and silky so a crowd pleaser for anyone new to the variety but also with the depth of fruit for nebbiolo nuts. It’s super impressive and also has the structure to drink well over the medium term." Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot)