Tasting Notes


Over the Way is a boutique winery based at Longview Creek Vineyard in Sunbury with a focus on small scale, single vineyard wines made to reflect the uniqueness of the vines, soils and the vintages from which they are derived.  The processes used to make the wines pay homage to the practices adopted by ultra-premium producers from the region and all wines are picked, processed, bottled and labelled by hand.

Our wines are made to be immediately approachable but are complex and suitable for mid-term ageing.  Most of all our wines are made for drinking with gusto, partnered with great food and fantastic company.

In Vino Veritas 

Over the Way 2017 Vintage

single vineyard pinot noir 2017

Sunbury is at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges with the Longview Creek vineyard producing age worthy and complex Pinot Noir. This wine was produced from vines that are over 30 years old and yielded less than two ton per acre with a mineral structure and depth of fruit that will continue to evolve over time.

Picked on the 1st of April at 12.4 baume the ferment included 15% whole bunches and 5 days post ferment maceration. The wine was pressed into a mixture of new, second use and older French oak. The wine was kept on lees for 9 months prior to racking. There was a light filtration prior to bottling after 11 months.

A blend of 4 barrels, the wine has a mineral richness with an intoxicating array of cherry and wild strawberry evoking baked cherry pie with rhubarb and a sprinkling of burnt brown sugar.  Light on its feet at 12.8% alc, the wine is intensely fruited and fragrant showing great power without great heft.  The light hearted opening leads to a more serious wine on the back palate with an acid spine and slight tannic twinge leaving a savoury echo long after the wine is consumed.  This is an exceptional wine with food and one of the best wines we have made.

 

this years love pinot noir 2017

This reserve release represents the best wine produced from the 2017 vintage, it showcases winemaking technique but above all pays tribute to the exceptional fruit that comes from 30-year-old vines at Longview Creek. The wine will reward careful cellaring

Picked on the 1st of April at 12.4 baume the ferment included 15% whole bunches and 5 days post ferment maceration. The wine was pressed into second and third use French oak and was kept on lees for 9 months prior to racking. There was a light filtration prior to bottling after 11 months.

A selection of barrel No.5 (100%) and barrel No.1 (20%) this wine seeks to harness the exceptional fruit we saw in barrel No.5 with the more overt tannin profile from barrel No.1.  A sterner wine than the estate pinot noir when young, the exceptional fruit is safely ensconced within the wines artifice, ready to blossom in time for the patient…or those with big glasses and a decanter.

The nose is an intoxicating array of summer berries, a wine to smell and savour.  At 12.8% alc, it dances lithely across the palate presenting cherry and strawberry fruits with the soft mineral spine that is so often the hallmark of Longview Creek. 

Even when this was in the barrel, I would be 30 minutes into the drive home and I could still taste the wine from the final tasting of the day.  It was love at first sight.

 

single vineyard chardonnay 2017

Sunbury is at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges with the Longview Creek vineyard producing age worthy and complex Chardonnay. This wine was produced from vines that yielded less than two ton per acre with a mineral structure and depth of fruit that will continue to evolve over time

Picked on the 23rd and 27th of March with Baume’s just over 12.2. Half of the wine was barrel fermented in older french oak with the balance in stainless steel before all wine was aged in French oak for 10 months. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited, with lees stirring each month for the first 4 months. The wine was aged in 30% new French oak. Filtered and bottled without any fining.

This single vineyard release presents a more linear expression of Chardonnay; a mineral structure with white peach and nectarine fruits and a touch of struck match for complexity.  Even at 12.5% alc, this wine delivers a flavour packed punch; an initial “woah” on the palate that eases into itself to show the warm afterglow that is the fruit and flint of great Victorian Chardonnay.

Chill it slightly from room temperature, don’t drink it too warm…but if it’s too cold you’ll miss the show…and there’s fireworks on tonight.