We sit down with Adam Louder after his first vintage as Chief Winemaker at Mount Langi Ghiran. No stranger, Adam has spent a great deal of time at Langi at different points throughout his career. In fact, Adam’s career began at Langi as a cellar hand under the legendary Trevor Mast.
Q: Having experienced 33 harvests around the world, what is so special to you about Langi?
I have a spiritual connection to Langi. The nature and the people are great too. Having a shared vision with Damien (Chief Viticulturalist) for now and for the future is really important. It’s exciting to work with a team who are on the same page about what we want to achieve; making some of the best wines in the country.
Q: What can we look forward to from vintage 2019?
Shiraz is set to be excellent across all tiers. We’re seeing a great deal of depth and a strong flavour profile across the board. Our whites, Pinot Gris and Riesling, are also looking very smart.
Q: Shiraz at our core, what we can expect from our 2019 flagship Shirazes?
We will see Talus, Mast and Langi Shiraz carry their traditional hallmarks, capturing a snapshot of the vineyard in the vintage. Very good fruit definition, spice and minerality.
Q: The Grampians experienced dry conditions and cold weather during flowering this vintage, resulting in lower yields. What does this mean for wine quality across varieties?
Although crop levels decreased by about 30% on average, the resulting quality is really strong. This has prompted great flavour intensity, and solid definition and depth all round.
Q: As harvest is now over, what’s going on in the winery?
It’s business as usual for us. Fruit has finished pressing so we’re getting it all into oak before we put them to bed for maturation. Then, we’ll be casting our eyes onto our 2018s – blending is set to commence from June-July.