In 2012 we decided to create Mast Shiraz, our tribute to Trevor Mast, a legend of Australian winemaking and Mount Langi Ghiran’s first winemaker.
Recently the 2 first vintages of this wine, 2012 and 2013, were respectively scored 98points and 97points by the industry doyen James Halliday. We like to think these exceptional results convey our efforts to honour Trevor’s legacy at Langi.
Trevor is revered as a pioneer of cool climate shiraz in Australia. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Trevor planted over 15 different blocks of shiraz; each exploring different aspects of the terrains and microclimates of the Langi estate. His foresight soon bore fruit. Small batches of wine were produced, each expressive of its unique terroir.
Each year, the best and most characterful parcel of the vintage will produce Mast Shiraz. A celebration of a great winemaking figure, and of cool climate shiraz.
James Halliday reviews :
2012 MAST SHIRAZ 98 POINTS sold out
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 sold out
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.