Super Good Shiraz


A few years back I was given a bottle of 2001 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz.  I had not heard of it this winery before, though I knew the area it came from (the Grampians region of Victoria) and was excited to taste it.  Wow, was it a revelation! A fantastic Shiraz from Australia that was not over the top, had not suffered from too much of….well, just about everything.  I mean this was serious stuff.  This wine had the stuffing to carry it for quite a long time.  The Shiraz has great dark fruit flavors, nice balance, good silky tannins that give you just enough to chew on but don’t become the whole story.  It was amazing; I had to find out more about the winery and winemaker.

About Mount Langri Ghiran: Their vineyards were first planted to Shiraz in 1870, and were later replanted by the Frantin brothers in 1963. Their fruit was of such great quality that they soon had a very strong following. In 1978 the great Trevor Mast was appointed consulting winemaker.  Trevor was so inspired by the potential of the vineyards he purchased the property in 1987. By 2001 Trevor was experiencing health problems and turned to the Rathbone family for help. They bought the property in 2002 keeping Trevor as Head winemaker.  Dan Buckle was brought on to learn from Trevor and in 2003 took the reins as Head Winemaker.  From what I have seen the past few years, Dan has not only carried out Trevor’s vision but is committed to going even further.

In a sad turn of events, Trevor Mast passed on just yesterday March 8th.  It is because of all his great work that Mount Langi Ghiran can now get to the top of the Mountain.  He will be remembered as a visionary and a really decent human being.

We now have Mount Langi Ghirans Cliff Edge Shiraz 2006 in stock and it is really good stuff.  It has plenty of fruit, nice controlled use of oak, good balance and plenty of stuffing. Didn’t hurt that it also got 94 points from James Halliday (more on him at another time).

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