From the Langi Old Block, planted '63, hand-picked, separate ferments of 70% crushed, 20% whole bunches and 10% whole berries, cold soak, cultured yeast, 3 weeks on skins, matured in French oak (35% new) for 16 months. While full-bodied, this has exceptional poise and elegance, reflecting its fastidious vinification. Intense red, purple and black fruits, ripe tannins and cedary oak are members of an orchestra playing Beethoven under the direction of a great conductor.
98 points, Wine Companion (March 2016)
Deep, youthful red/purple colour, the bouquet intense and full of white pepper and mixed spice aromas. It's full-bodied but elegant as well, with an abundance of fine tannins which coat the palate like lace. It's fruit-sweet in the middle and far from austere. A very fragrant, aromatic cool-climate shiraz of real style and panache.
96 points, The Real Review (September 2016)
It’s a fine-grained wine. More about finesse than flounce. Black pepper and black cherry combine with campfire, crushed dry leaves and earthy, undergrowthy characters. Oak is subtle but important, particularly texturally; it adds the polish, the sheen. It’s so fresh at the moment it almost feels/tastes just-fermented. Tannin is both ultra-fine and ultra-firm; at no time though is the flow of flavour interrupted. Floral characters play about the edges. You’d have to say this is a top-notch example of cool climate, mature vine shiraz.
95+ points, The Wine Front (August 2016)
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.