JHWC 2016 Mast and Langi

The 2012 and 2013 Mast Shiraz were respectively scored 98 points and 97 points by James Halliday. We like to think these exceptional results convey our efforts to fulfill Trevor’s legacy at Langi. We like to think these exceptional results convey our efforts to honour Trevor’s legacy at Langi.

He also scored the Langi Shiraz 2013 96 points and the Cliff Edge Shiraz 2013 95 points.

2012 MAST SHIRAZ 98 POINTS

A super-cuvee honouring the late Trevor Mast, founder of Mount Langi Ghiran. Fastidious fruit selection and sophisticated winemaking has paid big dividends. Cold-soaked, open-fermented, some whole berries, then 15-18 months in French oak. A glorious cascade of spice, pepper, licorice, cherry and blueberry fruits on the medium-bodied palate is shaped by silky tannins and perfectly integrated oak.

2013 MAST SHIRAZ 97 POINTS

Big version of a Langi red, complete with syrupy oak, though all its arms and legs suggest that it has a long way to run. There’s power here, fruit driven and luscious, with concentrated plum, cloves, freshly-sawn cedar and black pepper flavours careering through the palate to gorgeous effect. The finish: it’s a wave, a series, a long stretch of tannin with a rumble of fruit and spice flavours crashing through it. It’s as well prepared for the future as you could ever hope a wine to be.

2013 LANGI SHIRAZ 96 POINTS

Ripe but medium-weight, impeccably well balanced but with its character fully intact. Nothing is left to chance: it’s expressive of assorted spices, fruits, leathers and woods, but it’s simultaneously neat, fresh and finely stitched. Elegant, even. It doesn’t just take a series of right steps; it doesn’t take any wrong or even questionable ones. The length and class of the finish isn’t just unsurprising then; it feels, as you swallow, inevitable. It will continue to impress for decades.

2013 CLIFF EDGE SHIRAZ 95 POINTS

Good depth and hue; has that particular array of spice, pepper and licorice seasoning to the black cherry and blackberry fruits of Langi, the cleverly worked percentage of whole bunches in the ferment adding another dimension; there is also a totally delicious envelope of juicy fruit holding the wine together while lengthening the finish.

2013 CLIFF EDGE RIESLING 94 POINTS

Slightly fuller style than usual but no less impressive. Spice, pear and apple flavours shoot enthusiastically through the palate, though the real drama is reserved for the finish, where the symbols come out and the flavours ring loud and clear.

2012 CLIFF EDGE PINOT GRIS 93 POINTS

Cellar worthy pinot gris. It’s not something you see every day. Its great advantage is the smouldering sense of tension to the palate, the fruit flavours of pear, preserved lemon, spice and apple kept in bond by firm (but in no way bitter) phenolics and tightly strung acidity. It’s all somewhat remarkable.