Small batches variously open-fermented, plunged, a portion of whole bunches, some pigeage, matured in French oak (20% new) for 15 months. An immaculately balanced and structured wine, effortless in its medium-bodied guise, delivering juicy red fruits, cedar and spice on a bed of feathery tannins. J.S. Bach harpsichord. 95 points, Wine Companion.
Beautiful colour and fragrance of red fruits and spice, more accessible than the Langi with ripe fruits and pretty spiced oak notes. The anatomy of a medium bodied red, medium weight, elegant length of favour, even fine-grained tannins and spicy blue berry, to finish pepper. The tannins have a mouth watering quality that makes this a food or frolic style. Excellent quality and great value. 95 points, Rob Geddes, MW, thegoldbook.com.au
Winemaker Ben Haines whets our appetite for the latest Cliff Edge Shiraz, writing, 'The 2014 vintage was warm to mild with lower than average yields. Fruit was small and flavours were intense, highly concentrated and well defined. In their vibrant youth, these wines already display finesse and balance. The Shiraz [is] taut and firmly structured.' The deep, crimson-rimmed colour, fruity-spicy perfume and sweet, concentrated fruit flavours all gel with the winemaker's notes. It's medium bodied, packs a huge load of juicy, spicy fruit flavours, all layered with fine, savoury tannins. 94 points, Chris Shanahan, goodfood.com.au
Recent years have shown us a remarkable wine at a remarkable price and 2014 delivers us another gift. It's medium weight, peppery and berry fruited in perfume, luxurious in texture but honed with ropes of firm tannin and flavours are embedded with peppery spice. It sits even, very long, restrained on the palate. Such a delicious, fine-feeling wine. 94 points, Mike Bennie, Wine Business Monthly.
The GrampiansLocated in western Central Victoria, the Grampians was settled during the gold rush of the 1850’s. Indeed the vivid history of the gold rush is inextricably intertwined with the history of viticulture in the region. Seppelt at Great Western, one of the region’s iconic wineries was built at the end of the gold rush when scores of out-of-work prospectors excavated its extensive drives and cellars. The "drives" completed in 1932, stretch for three kilometres and provide perfect conditions for the maturation of sparkling wine, for which the region is well-known. The climate of the Grampians is Mediterranean and essentially cool with vineyards situated at elevations ranging from 240 to 350m. The region experiences long sunshine hours and low rainfall necessitating supplementary irrigation. Soils in the region range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy and red clay loams interspersed with ironstone. The region is suited to a diverse range of varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon but is best known for its crisp fruity Riesling and distinctive spicy peppery Shiraz.
Mount Langi GhiranMount Langi Ghiran is a premium wine producer based in the Grampians region of Victoria. Originally planted as early as 1870, the original Shiraz vineyard was replanted in 1963 by the Frantin brothers. Intrigued by the high quality of the Fratin’s fruit, Trevor Mast joined Mount Langi Ghiran as a consultant winemaker in 1978. In 1987 Trevor, together with his wife Sandra Mast purchased the property and quickly established a strong following for the Langi Shiraz, one of Australia’s finest cool climate wines. The winery was sold in 2002 to the Rathbone family. Dan Buckle took over the winemaking from Trevor in 2003, continuing the vision and pursuit of quality that Trevor had set out. Tragically Trevor Mast passed away prematurely in 2012. His extraordinary vision continues to live on in the wines of Mount Langi Ghiran.