2018 Langi Shiraz


Langi Shiraz is a revered benchmark for cool climate Australian Shiraz. From the fruit of old vines planted on our isolated vineyard in 1969, this landmark wine reveals the vibrant synergy between site and variety. The secret of what makes Langi Shiraz great lies in the unique character of the vines. The Langi Old Block shiraz vineyard dips and weaves across the landscape, proffering parcels of fruit of extreme complexity and stunning finesse. Each of these parcels is selectively harvested and then fermented separately to capture their inimitable qualities at their peak. Gift box included.

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Shiraz (100%)
Grampians, Victoria
Vineyard: Langi “Old Block” vineyard | Vine age: 49 years | Harvest date: March/April 2018 | Harvest method: Hand.

Tasting Notes

Blood plum red with purple hues.
Powerful aromas of black and blue berries, mixed spices and violets.
Packed with layers of boysenberry, blackberries and black cherries, followed by mixed spices, lavender and violets. Another classic expression of Langi Shiraz. Stunning to drink now or cellar for 15-20 years with absolute confidence.


Fermentation method: Small open top fermenters. 20% whole berry, 80% whole bunch. A mixture of plunging and pump-overs were used with an average of 2-3 weeks total time on skins. Only natural yeasts were used and once ferment was complete, the wines were pressed to tank to settle overnight and then transferred to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. Barrel Origin: 100% French oak barriques Barrel Age: 18% new, balance ranging from 2-5 years old Time in Barrel: 18 month barrel maturation.

Professional Reviews

Hand-picked, wild-fermented with 80% whole bunches and 20% whole berries, 2-3 weeks on skins, matured for 18 months in French barriques (18% new), 280 dozen made. Wonderfully, tumultuously intense yet balanced, black licorice and herbal/foresty nuances all in play.
Extremely deep, dark, youthful brooding purple colour. Aromas of blueberry, mulberry and floral notes, extraordinarily fresh and bright, fruit-driven and aromatic. Spicy but not as intensely white-peppery as Langi can often be. It's not a big-boned or heavy wine but simply very concentrated and tightly compacted, accessible and brilliantly vibrant. Sweet-fruit core. The tannins are very fine and deceptively subtle. Oak is nigh invisible. A gem.
Fully priced now, though, I guess, a wine with a long pedigree and runs on the board. Ripe black fruits, blackcurrant, black liquorice, a little pepper and floral top notes, discreet cedar and vanilla oak. A fair volume of sweet black fruit flavour, and again the liquorice, fine ripe tannin, slightly diffuse from alcohol warmth, all the blue and black fruit and spice on a pretty long finish. Lots going on. No shortage of flavour.
The 2018 vintage of this perennial favourite is tight and closed to the point of shyness. Yet everything is in its place. Deep purple colour. Understated perfumes of dark cherry, Damson plums and wild blackberries with hints of pink pepper and liquorice. The structure is lean and tight but grows in the glass – and the bottle. Black fruits are at the heart with a swathe of fine structural tannins that carry the finish on and on. Be patient or decant several hours and drink with a rare sirloin steak.