2019 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz
The original Mount Langi vineyard was established in the 1870’s when European immigrants travelled to Western Victoria to discover gold. By the turn of last century, early vineyards were replaced by sheep farming and it was not until 1963 that the Italian born Fratin brothers re-established the Shiraz vineyard with a Swiss clone. In 1978, the brothers appointed Trevor Mast as consultant winemaker. Inspired by the potential of the vineyard and keen to develop it further, Trevor and Sandra Mast purchased the property in 1987. In late 2002 the property was sold to the Rathbone family. Trevor stayed on as head winemaker, with Dan Buckle joining the team. Dan took the reins from Trevor in 2003 and continued on until 2012. Current winemaker Adam Louder’s career began at Mount Langhi Ghiran in 1998 where he worked as a cellar hand under Trevor Mast and then worked alongside Dan Buckle. After working around the globe in various winemaking roles he returned to Mount Langhi in 2016 as chief winemaker.
An enthralling Grampians Shiraz that marries rich black fruits with a cool toned finesse.
Showing superb depth of colour is a dense inky black core and a deep dark red black hue. Sailing out of the glass are aromas of liquorice, black cherry and dark plum infused with blackpepper. Smoky vanillin cedar, earth and spice notes then ensue. Rich juicy black cherry, liquorice and blackberry fruits show terrific intensity and power along with a cool toned finesse across the medium to full bodied palate. Carrying through onto the back half is a burst of blackpepper, spicy vanillin cedar, dried herbs and spice. Beautifully integrated tannins provide both structure and polish to the long sumptuous blackpepper laced conclusion.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Picked by both hand and machine. Whole berries were fermented in large open-top concrete fermenters with natural yeasts. Mlf and 14 months' maturation in French barriques (35% new). A range of clones lend character to the delicious complexity in this wine. You have to wonder about their powerful role. Deep, dense purple. A beautifully elegant expression of concentrated spice, pepper and black-hearted shiraz. Revels in lifted aromatics of violet and woodsy spice, anise and chocolate, with a surge of fine tannins and vanillan oak through to the finish. Drink by 2032.
Jeni Port – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion