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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2006
Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 108089)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Australian Wine Companion rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A delicate wine originating from our cool climate vineyards. The 2006 Cliff Edge Shiraz is now showing terrific fruit intensity, red fruit flavors, complex spice characters and balanced tannins. Excellent balance of finesse and depth, this wine points the way for Cliff Edge Shiraz in terms of finely structured palate and fruit intensity.
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About Mount Langi Ghiran:

Originally established in the 1870's Mount Langi Ghirans reputation is built on vision, quality and passion.

The vineyards are located in a spectacular setting, at an elevation of 350 metres, situated at the base of the 540 metre cliff face of Mount Langi Ghiran. Directly opposite is the Mount Cole state forest positioning the vineyards within a 30km valley. In 1996 the winery purchased another property on the well protected northern slope of Mount Langi Ghiran which is known as the "Hollows Vineyard". Together with the original vineyards the total area under vine is 225 acres.

The original vineyards were planted in the 1870's when European immigrants traveled to Western Victoria to discover gold. Bringing vines with them from the old country they went about working the rich fertile land of the Western district, creating some of Australia oldest vineyards. The vines were replaced by sheep at the turn of the century, however the site was re established in 1963 by Italian immigrants the Fratin brothers. Their first plantings were the Swiss Clone Shiraz, taken from the 140 year old nursery block in Great Western. They soon discovered that with the unique mix of Mount Langi Ghirans environment they were producing a spicy, pepper complex wine we now know as "Langi Shiraz".

The vineyards of Mount Langi Ghiran are nestled between two dramaticlly beautiful mountain ranges on the southern end of the Great Dividing Range in the Grampians region of Western Victoria. The cool climate of Mount Langi Ghiran is unique for growing wine in Australia, and the Shiraz vines like to take their time to ripen and develop their spicy, peppery flavors making Langi one of the last vineyards to be harvested in Victoria. The vines are elevated but also sit between lofty mountains, this creates a cooling effect particularly in Autumn during ripening, as cold air tumbles down the mountains and flows through the valley at night. Another effect of the mountains is the shadowing of the vineyards before days end thus shortening the effective sunshine hours. These climatic effects are unique to Langi and explain why particularly the Shiraz harvest is late, but more importantly they are significant in producing the benchmark characteristics of Langi Shiraz.