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Mount Langi Ghiran

www.langi.com.au

Warrak Rd, Buangor, 3375

Cellar Door: Weekdays (9-5); Weekends (12 - 5)

Ph: (03) 5354 3207

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The winery's vines cover the small hills at the base of Mount Langi Ghiran (photo:genxywines)
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This winery has to have one of the most spectacular locations of any Australian winery. The initial vines, nestled in the rugged southern end of the Great Dividing Range, were planted by the Fratin brothers in 1963, on the site of a vineyard that had been in operation at the turn of the century.

Their first plantings were Shiraz, and initially, the grapes were sold to neighbouring winemakers. The quality of their fruit quickly drew a strong following and encouraged the Fratins to begin making their own wine. In 1979, Trevor Mast was appointed consultant winemaker.

Inspired by the potential of the vineyard and keen to develop it further, he purchased the property in 1987. Two partnerships followed, until in late 2002 the property was purchased by the Rathbone family, also proprietors of Yering Station winery in the Yarra Valley and Xanadu in the Margaret River.

Trevor Mast died of pneumonia in 2012, Kate Petering is the current wine-maker.

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Mount Langi Ghiran cellar door (photo:genxywines)
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Mount Langi Ghiran vines (photo:genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($120)

Drink: 2030+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, from the Old Block vines planted in 1963, quite aromatic black cherry and blackberry with black pepper, whole bunch herbal notes and bright violet florals, intense but medium-full bodied and poised with undergrowth complexity, the tannins are quite fine but mouth-coating, firm acid spine and excellent line and length (*****) †

Mt. Langi Grampians Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2015, developed but pure lime, red apple and meyer lemon with waxy/cheesy nuances and a dusting of brown spice, alight touch of kerosene (terpenes) on the nose, acid is still fresh for another decade in the cellar (****1/2)

Mt. Langi Cliff Edge Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015 or 2021+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2015, plumpish and bone-dry (3 gms/l residual sugar) showing brightly lit apple and pear with lemon blossom and spice notes, minerally with a tingly citric finish (****)

Mt. Langi Ghiran Blanc de Blanc Sparkling, 2012

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting:: Sept 2015, 3 years on lees generous and creamy lemon curd and green apple and a touch of nutty nougat lees, good acid backbone, finishes dry and savoury with hint of brine, only moderate length (****)

Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz 2013

Purchased:† Not ($120)

Drink: 2029+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015, around 60% whole bunch inclusion, from a generally hot and dry vintage although the late vintage period was milder, aromatic, deep set and powerful black cherry, cassis and blackberry with iris, anise and pepper notes, medium-full bodied with herbal meat complexity and sinewy tannins and spicy mocha French oak (*****)

Mount Langi Ghiran Mast Shiraz 2013

Purchased:† Not ($50)

Drink: 2024+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2015,† new release, tribute to the late founding winemaker, Trevor Mast, around 50% whole bunch inclusion,† perfumed blackberry, cherry and plum with anise and pepper notes, the herbally whole bunch component ripples through the palate, powerful and long but slightly riper flavour profile and more alcohol than the premium release which does bring some warmth to finish (****1/2)

Mt. Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2013

Purchased:† Not ($32)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2014, quite intense violet nose, peppery black cherry, mulberry and blackberry with mint notes, medium bodied with dark earthy minerality and graphite notes, juicy slightly herbal edged acidity and coffee/cedar oak, persistent dusty tannins (****1/2)

Mt. Langi Ghiran Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($120)

Drink: 2027+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, substantial whole bunch inclusion, perfumed, long and powerful core of black cherry, blackberry and blueberry with iris, anise, mint and white pepper notes, medium-full bodied with herbal meat aspects, juicy with sinewy tannins and cinnamon/mocha oak, balanced cool climate wine that will have a long cellaring life (*****)

Mt. Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, some whole bunch inclusion, fragrant and lively blueberry, blackberry and mulberry with menthol, white pepper and violet notes, medium bodied palate shows some herbal meat complexity, juicy acidity with fine tannins and good length (****)

Mt. Langi Ghiran Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($100)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, single vineyard block of 50+ year old vines, this has now established a reputation as being a flagship for Victorian cool climate Shiraz on the wine show circuit (at least in strong vintages like 2010), now has an edgy 80% whole bunch ferment that will polarise consumers, highly perfumed and tightly wound but powerful core of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry with iris florals, anise, mint and black pepper notes, savoury and medium-full bodied palate, spine of sinewy tannins, well integrated and subtle cinnamon-clove-mocha-cedar, vibrant and sappy herbal edged acidity, needs time as its still building weight due to the heavy whole bunch inclusion (*****)

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Pinot Gris 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, chalky lemon sherbert and pear skin with a touch of guava and gingery spice, mellowing acids with the delicate,† savoury phenolics, nicely balanced but drink it up soon (***1/2)

Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, core of silky and glycerolly redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit with violet and cracked black pepper notes, medium-full bodied with the French oak bringing mocha and cigar box notes, the exaggerated powdery texture will polarise, I think it diminishes the varietal expression towards a Ďtextured dry redí, others will love it (****)

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Pinot Gris 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, chalky lemon and pear skin with light tropical fruit and spice nuances, gentle acids with the delicate finish showing some savoury phenolics, more austere than the 2008 (***)

Mount Langi Cliff Edge Sparkling Shiraz NV

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2010, two years on lees, brightly flavoured sparkling sweet blackberry with liquorice and mint, the mocha-coffee and cedar oak inputs masks any dosage issues, good length and balance for the style (****)

Mount Langi Ghiran Nowhere Creek Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, this rather limited release is made from best parcels of fruit that would have otherwise been used for the Cliff Edge Shiraz, fragrant and relatively opulent and spicy blackberry and blueberry with cinnamon, black pepper and liquorice notes, sweet cedar-vanilla oak to match the power of the fruit, some rubbery leather aspects will polarise consumers (***1/2)

Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, sourced from a single vineyard block of 45 year old vines, significant whole bunch inclusion, focussed and tightly wound blueberry, blackberry and raspberry with iris and white pepper notes, the savoury and medium-full bodied palate is framed around a backbone of ripe, powdery tannins, the balanced oak treatments brings a range cinnamon-clove-mocha-cedar aspects (****1/2)

Mount Langi Ghiran Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2011 or 2018 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, pre-release tasting, tight, light and lean green apple and orange blossom with a dusting of brown spice, minerally and off-dry with some powdery lime marmalade nuances on the flinty finish, the low 10% alcohol is a real plus, attractive aperitif style (****)

Mount Langi Ghiran Bradach Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, from the rather cool Moyston vineyard, hand plunged in small open fermenters, silky, light-medium bodied red cherry and dark plum with a light dusting of pepper and cinnamon spices and a touch of stalkiness from a portion of whole bunch inclusion, has elegance, length and suppleness not often seen from this region (****)

Mount Langi Ghiran Nut Hill Sangiovese 2006

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, fresh and vibrant red cherry and sour plum, earthy and medium bodied with a light dusting of white pepper and olive, restrained spicy and cedary French oak, fine tannins (***1/2)

Mount Langi Ghiran Tawny Port NV

Purchased: Cellar Door ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, made from Cabernet Franc, raisened currants, caramel, burnt toffee and walnut flavours, feisty 18% alcohol as one expects with a young tawny (***)

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Pinot Gris 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2009, vibrant nashi pear and tropical fruit with pronounced brown spices, honeysuckle and clove, zesty with lemon acid infused minerality and powdery phenolics, an unusually expressive example of this variety (****)

Mt. Langi Ghiran Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting, July 2009, from a rare historic Swiss clone from the Bestís 140 year old Nursery Block, medium bodied blackberry, raspberry and anise with anise and cinnamon notes, tightly structured with a web of very fine tannins and balanced vanilla-cedar oak, extraordinary length (****1/2)

Mt Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, juicy blackberry, plum and blueberry with anise and menthol notes, medium-full bodied, spicy discrete creamy coffee-cedar from the French and American oak, shows a fair amount of poise (****)

Mt Langi Ghiran Nut Tree Sangiovese 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, medium bodied, savoury plum, black cherry and black olive, discrete oak with evident citric acids on the finish, grainy and lose knit tannins, pleasant food wine (***1/2)

Mt Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2008, a bit musky as it was tasted shortly after release, tangy green apple and tropical fruit, soft chalky minerality with gentle lemon acids on the finish (***)

Mt Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Riesling 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2008, fairly austere lime, lemon with some green apple notes, underpinned with a modest base of chalky minerality and a refreshing lemon acid finish (***)

Mt Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Pinot Gris 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2008, delicate style showing pear and guava with some subtle spice and ginger, finishes a bit twee and watery for a higher score, may do better in a colder vintage (***)

Mount Langi Ghiran Nut Tree Hill Sangiovese 2004

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, medium bodied showing sour cherry and plum flavours with tobacco, dark chocolate and tar notes, savoury finish, grainy tannins (***1/2)

Mt Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, lively nose showing plum, blackberry and blueberry with a touch of dark chocolate, medium bodied palate with an array of spice and pepper, assertive acids, coconut-vanilla oak, good return to form (***1/2)

Mt Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, fragrant nose shows green apple, lime and orange blossom aromas, tight minerality and acidity for region, more elegant finish than the 2005 (***1/2)

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, mixture of Grampians and Henty region grapes, complex nose shows apple, lime and lemon aromas, tight palate shows unusual level of flavour development, minerality and acidity for region but suffers from the excessively sugary sweet finish (***)

Mount Langi Ghiran Pinot Gris 2005

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, aromas of honeyed pear alongside delicate musc and citrus, steely citrussy palate, fresh acid finish (***)

Mount Langi Billi Billi Creek Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, some Grenache input, soft red cherry and raspberry flavours, leathery and light-medium bodied with herbal and pepper notes, drink now style, soft dark chocolate and vanilla oak, dusty tannins (***)

Mount Langi Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2000

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2006, cassis nose with hints of violet and eucalypt, medium bodied palate has some earthy and savoury counterpoints, let down by sappy tannins and some thinness (***)

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2002

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($25)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2005, ripe raspberry, cassis and plum flavours, slightly sweet, coconut-vanilla oak, tannins a touch green and a thin finish (**1/2)