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2014 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz

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Peer over the Cliff Edge and you’ll be rewarded by the true taste of Grampians Shiraz, one of the more seductive sides to Australian Shiraz thanks to the tantalising cool climate spice it exhibits. In this wine you’ll be smitten by aromas of dark berries, plum, a little coffee and mixed spice. Not surprisingly they all appear on the palate, which is supported by fine grained tannins, lots of juicy fruit and a spicy, persistent finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Deep garnet with purple hues

Nose: Boysenberry, blackberry and cherry fruits, laced with cocoa, clove and pepper spice

Palate: Intense red and black cherry fruits dominate the palate, heightened by the growing presence of blue florals and pepper spice. Chewy tannins, subtle oak and fine acidity achieve amazing length and balance

Winemaking notes: The Cliff Edge Shiraz is 100% estate grown, showcasing the Shiraz vine’s affinity for the granite slopes of Mount Langi Ghiran. The 2014 vintage provided good conditions for grape growing, with a dry and reasonably warm season. Due to a cold snap in spring the crops were low yielding resulting in high quality fruit with intense flavours and complexity. Small batches and an array of winemaking techniques, including a portion of whole bunch fermentation, accentuate the subtle nuances of florals and spice found throughout the vineyard, creating a wine with individuality.

Alc/vol: 13.8%

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2014 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Small batches variously open-fermented, plunged, a portion of whole bunches, some pigeage, matured in French oak (20% new) for 15 months. An immaculately balanced and structured wine, effortless in its medium-bodied guise, delivering juicy red fruits, cedar and spice on a bed of feathery tannins. J.S. Bach harpsichord.
Drink by 2029
95
The Wine Front (2012 Vintage) says
A combination of vintage and deft wine making has delivered the goods here. How good is big brother going to be from 2012? 

Pepper, boysenberry ripple, grilled meat, five spice, blackberry and chocolate – continued to unfurl and reveal more as it sat in the glass.  Medium bodied, slippery yet firm, lush but controlled with really fine seek-and-ye-shalll-find slate-y tannin. Ample flavour. No heat. Great release. Yum factor 10 here too.
2014 - 2016
95
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
In the finest vintages, the second wines of the great estates of the world make fantastic buys and great value for money. 2012 is an outstanding Cliff Edge of persistence and refinement, impressively exotic and exuberant, yet restrained and focused. There’s great depth here of blackberry and black plum fruit, liquorice straps, pepper and exotic spice, all the while lively, effortless and medium-bodied, thanks to refreshing acidity and fine, mineral tannins. I have not tasted a finer shiraz under $30 yet this year.
2014-2017
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Typical Mount Langi crimson colour; a deliciously complex wine, the bouquet and palate singing the same song, with a precocious display of spice and black pepper the soprano, rich plummy/velvety fruit the bass.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014
94
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
A powerfully exotic and smoky style, singing with all the immense Campari spice and dried herb complexity of whole bunch fermentation in a cool season. A triumph for the vintage and for stringent control in the winery.
WBM Reviews September, 2014
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep garnet; a dark and deeply black-fruited bouquet, showing heady levels of spice and exotic undergrowth complexity; has well-handled toasty oak, mocha and a succulent medium-bodied palate that slowly unveils itself on the long finish.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The 2010 Cliff Edge Shiraz from Langi is a subtly complex young shiraz that has dark cherry cola aromas amid a wealth of complex spice, licorice most especially. The palate unfurls red fruit flavours with plum and cherry; plenty of depth here, but faultlessly elegant and deceptively powerful.
2014
Good Wine Guide
93
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Cliff Edge is baby Langi, crafted from the same estate in a similar manner to one of Australia’s most celebrated shiraz wines. It celebrates whole bunch fermentation at full voice, with layers of complexity of mixed spice, dried flowers, pipe smoke and, of course, the signature of the site: pepper. The finish lingers with impressive persistence and floral lift.
2012-2015
Wine Taste Edition 99
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright crimson; a fragrant bouquet encompasses spice, plum, black cherry and blackberry aromas that flow through to the medium-bodied palate, there picking up quality oak, and finishing with polished tannins. Great bargain.
To 2029
Australian Wine Companion 2013
96
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Finely crafted, elegant and polished. Laced with scents of black pepper, cloves and cinnamon, its deep, rather closed, faintly dusty and meaty bouquet of small black, blue and red berries is augmented by cedar/chocolate/ vanilla oak and lifted by musky, floral notes. Supple and silky, sporting some plush new oak and a fragile backbone beneath its measured, smooth presence of juicy dark fruit flavours, it finishes with seamless balance and freshness. It's likely to build strength and density with time.
2021-2029+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
93
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Shows the regional style with bright blackberry fruit to white pepper spice aromas according to the year with very pure varietal berry and spice flavours and good length. Generous and lingering ripe berry medium bodied flavours with silky soft medium-bodied regional tannins. The 09 was ripe fleshiness incarnate and the 10 a fresh spicy medium bodied edition neatly showing each vintage is a very different and delicious story.
2018
Rob Geddes MW
96
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Typical Mount Langi crimson colour; a deliciously complex wine, the bouquet and palate singing the same song, with a precocious display of spice and black pepper the soprano, rich plummy/velvety fruit the bass.
2023
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
There's an ordinary world and there's a world of Duran Ghiran. It's a world of haunting whole bunch perfume, of spice markets and pepper grinders, of cinnamon, sandalwood, star anise and berry compotes; where texture, mouth feel and longevity discover a universe all of their own. Crazy, some'd say.
2023-2033
Wine Taste Special Edition 15
97
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Similar in many ways to Billi Billi, but with a riper fruit spectrum and much more juicy plum and spice fruit on the finish; controlled oak too.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
2005 RELEASE It's a whole new world of shiraz, spicy to its gills and full of cherry-plummed heart. Sophistication beats loud. And tannin - none of the powdery stuff here, this is fine, mature, firm and convincing. I'm a huge wrap for this. Spectacular cool-climate shiraz. DRINK 2011-2018.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Highly aromatic plum, spice and blackberry fruit; has excellent length and good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94

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