The latest reviews from Campbell Mattinson by the Wine Front.
2015 Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz– Available Sept 2nd
I tasted this in some pretty elite wine company and it looked smashingly good. It’s a Straight To The Pool Room wine.
We know the flavours. Black pepper, black cherries edging into plum, deli meat, roasted nuts and herbs. Quality, saucy oak is smeared more or less lightly throughout. It feels fine and detailed but it also feels powerful and deep. It feels fresh. The ripple of tannin though; here’s where the pulse lifts. Spice-shot, firm but not wrenching, the squeeze slowly but surely applied from the mid-palate onwards. It all presents quite perfectly. A stellar wine.
Rated : 96 Points
Tasted : jul17
Drink : 2021 – 2035+
2015 Mount Langi Ghiran Mast Shiraz – Available Sept 2nd
This is the fourth release of Mount Langi’s ‘tribute’ to Trevor Mast. It hasn’t put a foot wrong as yet. It’s grown on the house Block 4 vineyard; vine age is around 25 years.
It’s a bunchy, peppery, herbal shiraz with ample fruit and general feeling of suppleness. Indeed it feels fluid, the juiciness of the fruit moving the herb/spice notes along at a good clip. There’s plenty to muse over but it doesn’t get too caught up in itself; it has a keen drinkability. Nutty oak, smoky inflections, plums and cherries aplenty, all presented in beautifully balanced form. You can drink this now, for sure, but it will cellar like a charm.
Rated : 94+ Points
Tasted : Aug17
Drink : 2021 – 2031+
2015 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz – Available here
Set me back $31 at my local BWS. I’m sure there are better prices out there. Cliff Edge Shiraz has been in good form of late.
It’s a sweeter fruit profile than we generally expect to see under this label, or from this estate, though it’s immaculately balanced and presented and has just-enough enough pepper-spice to keep lovers of this label happy. Spice notes though are certainly in shorter supply here than usual. Creamy mouthfeel, floral aspects, sweet raspberry and black cherry, perhaps just into plum. It’s a seductive wine, no doubt. Mount Langi Ghiran is certainly putting out excellent reds right now.
Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Aug17
Drink : 2018 – 2026+