2011 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Riesling
2016 Best's Great Western Riesling
- Strictly speaking there isn't much of a cliff near this vineyard. A hill edge maybe but not quite a cliff. Look up above though and there is a mighty big hill (Mount Langi Ghiran) looking very spooky. For all of that mystery though, this place doesn't get much love for Riesling. Well, not enough love. Truth be told this wine, like the rest of the Langi Riesling range, is smart stuff. Powerful, limey and intense, softened only by a few years in bottle (probably needed for a wine as concentrated as this). 90
- The 2011 Cliff Edge Riesling is sourced from the Old Riesling block at Mount Langi Ghiran planted in 1975 on granite soils. The cold Langi site delivers Riesling with terrific natural acidity. This wine is complex and fine showing green apple and citrus blossom flavours. The Langi Geisenhiem clone consistently produces lifted floral aromas complimenting the lime and mineral acidity.
James Halliday says:“
Produced from the estate plantings from between '71 and '93. The highly scented bouquet of lime, apple blossom and talc leads into a deliciously fresh and intense palate following precisely in the footsteps of the bouquet, the finish as clear and fresh as a spring day.
Best Drinking: Till 2021Australian Wine Companion94
Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says:“
The Grampians are rarely mentioned when riesling is mentioned; this gives that notion a shake. It’s quite a full style but it’s ripped with spicy flavour and gives the finish a thorough going over. Pear, apple and talc notes get the chatter humming but the climax of zesty lime and spice notes is the real game changer.93
Nick Stock says:“
The Cliff Edge Riesling is a composed and restrained style, with wild dried mountain flowers and fine apple blossom notes, some bright, crunchy acidity here, and a wealth of lime flavour, finishing fine, dry and smooth.Good Wine Guide 201392
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says:“
Faintly sweet, with length, style and balance, it's scented with fresh, floral aromas of stonefruit, apple and pear. Underpinned by a fine minerality and chalkiness, it's rather funky and reductive, with piercingly fresh fruit backed by smoky, leesy complexity. It finishes savoury with fresh acids.The Australian Wine Annual91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says:“
So beautifully balanced in its mouthfeel, it's easy to overlook the inherent complexity; apple, lime, pear and mineral all take turns to strut their stuff, the finish long and complete.
Best Drinking: To 202094
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says:“
Exciting and racy, this is a wine that will live happily into the medium-term. Peach, lime zest and preserved lemon flavours sit comfortably amid ultra-fine minerality and a zesty, fresh finish.94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says:“
Very crisp, lively and fresh; a wine that reinforces the right of the Grampians to be regarded as a top-class Region for riesling, the green apple, citrus and pear flavours delicate yet intense.Australian Wine Companion 2010 200994
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“
Bright straw-green; has good depth to the flavour, with ripe apple and some tropical components; enough to build on.Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:“
A rich, spatlese style, the sweetness evident from the word go; supple and smooth in wannabe Mosel style, but needed a touch more acidity; 60-year-old vines. Will develop.Australian Wine Companion 2009 200892