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2015 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Riesling

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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).

Winemaker's Notes

The 2015 Cliff Edge Riesling has flavours of lime and orange zest with kiwi fruit and mineral notes. Lemon blossom and rose aromas.

Winemaking Notes: Cliff Edge Riesling is sourced from two premium sites at Mount Langi Ghiran; the Langi Old Block Riesling planted in 1975 makes up the core of this blend, with the remainder harvested from our Hollows vineyard – a marginally warmer site on the northern slopes of Mount Langi Ghiran. Langi’s very cool climate, together with granite sands and minimal irrigation, delivers great purity and stunning natural acidity. The Hollows brings beautifully lifted floral and spice aromas, and wonderful texture and generosity to the palate. Together, the two create an intense and balanced wine with great cellaring potential. The 2015 growing season delivered excellent fruit set and balanced yields. After some January rain and unseasonably mild temperatures throughout January and February, the cooler temperatures continued throughout March and April contributing to slow and steady ripening. Despite the unusually cool summer, early sugar accumulation delivered fruit with optimal levels of natural acidity, and bright zesty flavours. Hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed and racked with a high portion of solids. Carefully selected yeasts were used for a slow, cool ferment to ensure aromatics and varietal expression were captured optimised. After a few months on lees, the 2015 Cliff Edge Riesling was blended and bottled in August.

Colour: Light straw with flecks of green.

Nose: Lemon blossom, lime zest, rose and mineral undertones.

Palate: Lively citrus layered with a subtle creamy texture. Lime and orange zest, kiwi fruit, spice – all underpinned by a fine, cleansing acidity.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

2015 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Riesling

Expert Reviews

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 (2011 Vintage) 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 2013
92
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) 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.
Till 2021
Australian Wine Companion
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2012
93
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 Annual
91
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.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2011
94
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 2009
94
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
89
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 2008
92

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