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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%

expert reviews about

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
Andrew Graham (2014 Vintage) says
I’m not even sure this is commercially released, but expect high points and plenty of praise when it lands. The only thing working against this release of Mount Langhi’s well priced favourite is that its still coming together. Medium red with purple edges, the nose is achingly closed, showing lipstick, purple berries, just a little black pepper and then Play Doh oak. Wound up tight, the high quality oak a dominant power for the moment (but it won’t be in 6 months time). The beauty here is just how well balanced that palate is – not hot, not over extracted, not sweet, just beautiful purple fruit, tightly wound into a ball of flavour, fine silky tannins and just perfect natural acidity. Again, the oak is obvious on the palate, but just because the rest hasn’t caught up. It still tastes of quality, mid-weight, classic western Victorian Shiraz with nary a hair out of place. You expect that the big dog Langhi Shiraz will be even more intense again, in which case start forming a queue now. This Cliff Edge Shiraz is very very good. I’m erring on the cautious side of the score equation now, but in 6 months time that number could go up plenty.
93
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
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The 2010 Cliff Edge shiraz from Langi is a subtly complex young wine that has dark cherry-cola aromas amid a wealth of complex spice - liquorice especially. The palate unfurls red-fruit flavours with plum and cherry - plenty of depth here, but faultlessly elegant and deceptively powerful.
2014
The Good Wine Guide
93
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
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
Rob Geddes MW (2010 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.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Charmingly spicy and peppery, this medium-weight shiraz has a heady, flroal perfume of sweet red berries, blackberries, cherreis and plums bakced by cedar/vanilla oak, a hint of meatiness and a dusty whiff of spice. Its long and vibrant core of juicy blackberry, cranberry and plum-like fruit is supported by a pliant, fine-grained backbone, finishing with balance and freshness.
2015-2018+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
90
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (2009 Vintage) says
Langi's second run shiraz has an excellent deep purple-red colour rich black-fruit aromas (plum to blackberry), and is ripe and lush in the mouth. A soft, round palate with gentle but persistent tannins. A hint of rusticity.
Up to 2019
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, Aug/Sep
92
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
A fine, measured and savoury shiraz whose sweet, lightly smoky and peppery fragrance of blackberries, raspberries, cassis and dark plums overlies nuances of mint and menthol while knitting tightly with fresh cedar/chocolate oak. It's medium to full-bodied, with restrained berry, plum, cherry and blueberry flavours underpinned by a fine crunchy backbone, finishing with freshness and balance.
2017-2021+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
92
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Lavished with tender loving care, this estate Langi fruit has volunteered a world of complexity in an enticing and approachable release. A large proportion of whole bunch fermentation, worked by hand and foot over many days and kept on lees in barrel for 18 months, has built great character of berry fruit definition, black jubes, mixed spice, all manner of flowers and dark chocolate oak. It’s graceful and supple, supported by fine-grained tannins and the savoury pepper nuance that defines Langi.
2013-2017
Wine Taste Edition 113
92
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
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very spicy, fine and measured, with a dusty, lightly herbal bouquet whose sweet, vibrant and confiture-like aromas of blackberries and currants are backed by sweet oak and a hint of tar. Medium to full-bodied, it's smooth and measured, with deep, brambly flavours of blackberries, plums and blueberries supported by firmish, loose-knit tannins. It loses some herbaceous notes with breathing, delivering a pleasing length of fresh, vibrant shiraz flavour.
The Australian Wine Annual
91
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 (2007 Vintage) says
Good colour; is more fragrant and lively, with strong spice notes to the plum and blackberry of the palate; has more zest and life perhaps, but not necessarily better than Billi Billi.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2010
93
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
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Shows the regional medium-bodied style with a full bright blackberry fruit flavour and medium body with an integrated acidity.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Lovely, medium-bodied, even-tempered wine. Tastes of white and black pepper, ripe cherries, the odd pippy edge and some spicy, cedary oak. Excellent combo. No great power but then there doesn't need to be. Grippy tannins, but at an appropriate level, and an olive-like aftertaste. It should be a better drink in a couple of years.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Even stronger colour than the Billi Billi; a fragrant, elegant bouquet with fresh red and black fruits, gentle oak and a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
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
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Shows the regional medium-bodied style with a full bright blackberry fruit flavour and medium body with an integrated acidity.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Just a little lean and green-edged, this spicy, smoky and savoury young shiraz presents peppery and slightly meaty flavours of blackberries and sour plums underpinned by a fine and bony chassis of drying powdery tannin. It's supported by dark chocolate oak, with suggestions of cola. Just lacks the ripeness and follow-through for a higher score.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Highly aromatic plum, spice and blackberry fruit; has excellent length and good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
2004 RELEASE Intriguing mix of brooding, tarry, spicy fruit weight and leaner, more herbal characters, the mix suggesting that some of the grapes managed to get very ripe, while others didn't quite make it. I suspect that this is partly why I've had different reactions to it on the three occasions I've drunk it. DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
89
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Shows the regional medium-bodied style with a full bright blackberry fruit flavour and medium body with an integrated acidity.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good colour; medium- to full-bodied; attractive, complex array of black fruits and spices; good oak and tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Similar flavours to the Billi Billi Creek Shiraz; just a little more concentration to the satsuma plum and spice fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A pleasingly soft, spicy and early-drinking shiraz whose attractive jujube-like fruit reveals spicy, licorice like qualities. Fresh aromas of raspberries, cassis and mulberries are backed by sweet vanilla and coconut oak, with dusty, herbaceous undertones. Uncomplicated, soft and pliant Its spicy, lightly herbal palate finishes with slightly varnishy acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
87
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Elegant, spicy short term shiraz with a vibrant, earthy bouquet of blackcurrant and black pepper, plums and cinnamon, backed by floral undertones. Smooth, reserved and slightly overcooked, it's also minty and herbal, supported by sweet vanilla and lightly toasty oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
88
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Minty, savoury red berry fruits; minimal oak; gentle tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the clean bouquet has an attractive array of ripe plum/black cherry/spice aromas; in the mouth, lots of bitter, dark chocolate and a fleeting hint of mint join the red fruits of the bouquet, finishing with ripe tannins and gentle oak. High quality for a second label.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90

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