Langi Shiraz is selectively hand harvested from the iconic “Langi Old Block”, planted in 1963 to what we refer to as “Swiss Clone”. This site has produced unique and highly expressive cool climate shiraz since 1979. Each vintage deeply reflects Langi and its seasons, and epitomises the finesse of cool climate shiraz.
Up to 10 parcels of fruit are separately harvested across the block to capture and highlight the nuances of the site. Due to its cool climate, Old Block is typically one of the last shiraz vineyards to be harvested in Australia. A long, slow ripening contributes to the development of a stunning range of fruit flavours, perfumes, pepper and spice; Old Block delivers highly complex, graceful shiraz with depth and detail.
Across the years, Langi Shiraz has seen various winemaker interpretations; the progressive and dynamic approach to the vineyard and winemaking here at Langi has been critical in exploring, and defining the essence of the Langi Old Block, and Langi Shiraz.
In 1996, the 94’ vintage of Langi Shiraz received international acknowledgement when it appeared on the cover of Wine Spectator next to Penfolds Grange and Henschke’s Mount Edelstone Shiraz, truly setting the benchmark for Australian cool- climate Shiraz. A remarkable vintage, it was a representation of the wine coming out of Mount Langi Ghiran and it secured Langi’s place in the Wine Industry.
Consistently producing outstanding, elegant wines throughout the late 80’s and 90’s earned the Langi Shiraz a place on the Langton’s classification. Nowadays Langi remains on the in the Excellent category. Most recent vintages and current releases continue to be acclaimed by media and collectors of fine wines.
“While full-bodied, this has exceptional poise and elegance, the circus elephant standing on a ball. Intense red, purple and black fruits, ripe tannins and cedary oak are members of an orchestra playing Beethoven.” – James Halliday in his 2017 Wine Companion about the 2014 Langi Shiraz scored 98pts.
Year after year the Langi Shiraz becomes more scarce. Indeed, as Mount Langi Ghiran Wine Club keeps growing every months, more Langi Shiraz than ever are being reserved to ensure members have access to this wine in the future.
Langi includes also a Riesling from our Old Block Riesling planted in 1975. Mount Langi Ghiran has been producing spicy dry Riesling since 1982. The site’s specific climate, together with granite sands and minimal irrigation, delivers grapes with great purity and stunning natural acidity. Nowadays, Langi Riesling is a small section of 15 panels across 15 rows at the southern crest of the block was selectively hand-harvested in order to capture their flavour intensity and razor-fine acidity. As a result, we are able to create wines with great energy and depth and with superb cellaring potential.