Wines of the Month
2009 Mt Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz
The founders of Mt Langi Ghiran established their Shiraz vineyard in the Grampians in Victoria in 1870. The estate was made famous by the late and legendary Trevor Mast in the 1980s and 90's. The flagship Shiraz is an iconic Australian wine today and is a wine that any wine lover would be delighted to have in the cellar, tucked away for a special occasion. Luckily for us, Langi produces the Cliff Edge as well, which for a more everyday drinking wine, ticks all the boxes.
The 2009, made by Dan Buckle, has the trademark depth of purple colour we have come to expect from Langi, and a nose that is redolent of black fruit and spice. Black cherries, currants and berries all vie for attention and are backed up with black pepper, clove and a touch of ground coffee, cocoa nibs and anise.
On the palate, sweet fruit and savory spice are supported by firm, fine-grained tannins and tangy berry acidity. Long and lush on the finish, this is a versatile and impressive wine that punches above its weight.
Perfect to serve when you have company, with a perfectly cooked piece of roast beef, slow braised lamb or a chunk of good cheddar. It will age well too, so if you have a good cellar, buy a case (or three) and drink it slowly over the next 8-10 years.
Distribution: Good wine stores and online
© Kate McIntyre August 2012
Wine Diva Wines of the Month, September 2012