Vintage
2014
Brand
Cliff Edge
Title
Shiraz
Description

Growing presence of blue florals and pepper spice. 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.

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Viticulture

Varietal
Shiraz (100%)
Vintage
2014
Size
750 mL
Region
Grampians, Victoria, Australia
Growing Conditions
HARVEST - March/April | METHOD - Hand & Machine | VINE AGE - Various average, approx. 25 years | FERMENTATION METHOD - Open fermenters, plunged, portion of whole bunch fermentation which included some Pigeage (treaded by foot) | BARREL ORIGIN & SIZE - French oak | TIME IN BARREL - Average 15 Months |

Tasting Notes

Color
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

Alcohol
13.8%
Bottle size
750 mL
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.

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Professional Reviews & Awards

Rating Value
93
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Andrew Graham
Publication
Australian Wine Review
Review
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. Best drinking: 2017-2023. 18/20, 93/100. 13.8%, $35ish. Would I buy it? Sure would.
Rating Value
94
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Chris Shanahan
Publication
Good Food
Review
Winemaker Ben Haines whets our appetite for the latest Cliff Edge Shiraz, writing, "The 2014 vintage was warm to mild with lower than average yields. Fruit was small and flavours were intense, highly concentrated and well defined. In their vibrant youth, these wines already display finesse and balance. The shiraz [is] taut and firmly structured." The deep, crimson-rimmed colour, fruity-spicy perfume and sweet, concentrated fruit flavours all gel with the winemaker's notes. It's medium bodied, packs a huge load of juicy, spicy fruit flavours, all layered with fine, savoury tannins.
Rating Value
94
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Mike Bennie
Publication
Wine Business Magazine
Review
Recent years have shown us a remarkable wine at price and 2014 delivers us another gift. It's medium weight, peppery and berry fruited in perfume, luxurious in texture but honed with ropes of firm tannin and flavours are embedded with peppery spice. It sits even, very long, restrained in the palate. Such a delicious, fine feeling wine.
Rating Value
95
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Rob Geddes
Publication
Australian Wine Vintages
Review
Beautiful colour and fragrance of red fruits and spice, more accessible than the Langhi with ripe fruits pretty spiced oak notes. The anatomy of a medium bodied red, medium weight, elegant length of favour, even fine-grained tannins and spicy blue berry, to finish pepper. The tannins have a mouth watering quality that makes this a food or frolic style. Excellent quality and great value.
Award Title
Bronze Medal
Event Name
Royal Hobart Wine Show
Event Year/dt>
2015
Award Class
Class: Shiraz
Vintage
2014
Brand
Cliff Edge
Title
Shiraz
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