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Garden Gully Riesling Grampians 2007

This winery in the Grampians wine region in western Victoria may no longer exist, but their riesling, cellared since purchase on release, is outstanding at 13 years of age. Fully mature and yellow gold in colour, it has undergone the riesling metamorphosis. Its aroma is all bread, butter and stones. The palate is dry, medium…Continue readingGarden Gully Riesling Grampians 2007

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Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2014

I haven’t tasted the Billi Billi shiraz from Mount Langhi for a few years.  I’m not sure it ever went away, but certainly I’d say it’s “back” on the basis of this 2014 release.  It’s keenly priced too, at around the $17 mark.  In the glass, there are pepper and plum aromas.  The palate is…Continue readingMount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2014

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Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I haven’t previously tasted Mount Langi Ghiran’s cabernet sauvignon.  It is in fact rather good.  From cabernet sauvignon vines that are “up to” 50 years old, it sees 18 months in barrel and 30% new oak. A step up from what I expected, the 2014 vintage has aromatics of blackcurrant and an elegant expression.  The…Continue readingMount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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The Story Wines Westgate Vineyard Shiraz 2012

Word of Rory Lane’s efforts with the “The Story” label in Melbourne meant that this choice from a wine list was something less than a random walk, more perhaps blindfolded rummaging at home.  Rory sources the grapes for this wine from the Westgate Vineyard in Armstrong between Great Western and Ararat in western Victoria.  The…Continue readingThe Story Wines Westgate Vineyard Shiraz 2012

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Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2012

Mount Langi Ghiran have produced a very good Cliff Edge shiraz in 2012.  A very consistent, and very Grampians region style of shiraz, it has aromatics of blackberry, plum, spice, pepper and echoes of dried eucalyptus leaves.  The palate ventures down a similar path, with flavours reminding of plum, eucalyptus leaves, and cedar.  Overall, this…Continue readingMount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2012

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Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2011

Another new release from the Mount Langi Ghiran, this time their “Cliff Edge” shiraz from the 2011 vintage.  It’s a step up in price and quality from their good value “Billi Billi” shiraz (the 2011 vintage is reviewed here).  The aromatics remind of pepper, eucalyptus, green peppercorn, plum, asphalt and chocolate liqueur.  The palate has…Continue readingMount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2011

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Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2011

Mount Langi Ghiran’s “Billi Billi” shiraz is a safe choice at the mid $10s price point, and I have not infrequently found myself buying it by the glass at cafés since it can represent good value.  The lighter 2011 vintage is a medium intensity ruby in colour, with aromatics of green peppercorn, spice, thyme, pepper…Continue readingMount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2011

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Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2000

The 2000 vintage in the Grampians saw a hot summer, and rain in autumn.  Mount Langi handled their top label 2000 “Langi” shiraz very well though judging by this bottle.  It is quite charming aromatically, with notes of pepper and spice.  The palate has resolved plum, dried herb and Christmas cake characters, together with balanced…Continue readingMount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2000

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Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2010

The Grampians region in western Victoria and shiraz sit comfortably together for my palate, at their best achieving a savoury pepperiness and less commonly some stunning fruit concentration.  The Mount Langi vineyards are in a particularly remote corner of this remote region.  “The turnoff is further than you think” would be good advice to a…Continue readingMount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2010