The supremely fragrant bouquet has a platform of black fruits so tightly laced with charcuterie, licorice, spice and black pepper you can't break free until you reach the mouthwatering, medium-bodied palate of exceptional length and balance, the texture silk with a velvet rim.
98 points, Wine Companion (March 2017)
We know the flavours. Black pepper, black cherries edging into plum, deli meat, roasted nuts and herbs. Quality, saucy oak is smeared more or less lightly throughout. It feels fine and detailed but it also feels powerful and deep. It feels fresh. The ripple of tannin though; here’s where the pulse lifts. Spice-shot, firm but not wrenching, the squeeze slowly but surely applied from the mid-palate onwards. It all presents quite perfectly. A stellar wine.
96 points, The Wine Front (August 2017)
Deepish red/purple colour, youthful. The bouquet has a strong whole-bunch component: an ashy, peppery, root vegetable thing. The wine is full-bodied and has a belt of alcohol warmth on the back-palate and aftertaste. There are also ample tannins adding a touch of astringency and chew on the follow-through. Very good intensity and abundant ageing potential.
95 points, The Real Review (October 2017)
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.