Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Great Dividing Range in the Grampians region of Victoria, the vineyard is one of the most isolated and unique sites in Australian viticulture. The vineyard, with its towering granite cliffs and loamy red soils, encapsulates an extraordinary sense of place.
Langi Shiraz is selectively hand harvested from the iconic “Langi Old Block”, planted in 1969 to what we refer to as “Swiss Clone”. Five parcels of fruit were separately harvested across the block to capture and highlight the nuances of the site. Due to its cool climate, Old Block is typically one of the last shiraz vineyards to be harvested in Australia. A long, slow ripening contributes to the development of a stunning range of fruit flavours, perfumes, pepper and spice; Old Block delivers highly complex, graceful shiraz with depth and detail.
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. Drink by: 2039; Date Tasted: March 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 98 Points; Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion
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