2022 Cliff Edge Chardonnay


Chardonnay was planted at Mount Langi Ghiran in 1985 on the most eastern face of the property. This vine material is old, and its origins are largely unknown and somewhat mysterious. This fruit typically produces Mount Langi Ghiran Blanc de Blancs sparkling; a reflection of its dazzling natural acidity and early flavour development. Now over 30 years old, these Chardonnay vines are delivering beautiful fruit with great drive and generosity of flavour, with a tension that keeps building amidst the expanding fruit and subtle “Langi” spice.

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Chardonnay (100%)
Grampians, Victoria
2022 delivered an almost perfect growing season, however, post veraison, the weather was rarely on our side with a significant lack of the sunshine. Humidity, bird pressure and limited spells of dry weather made it a tougher than usual vintage. The quality of the fruit of our whites was a bit mixed, with some fruit bearing scars from the hail we had in November. The ever-present disease pressure also forced our hand when it came to picking, but overall, we’re pleased the resulting quality of the wine. Our reds also struggled to ripen in the cool conditions, and so we delayed our picking – ultimately picking everything almost two weeks later that usual. What this means in the wines however, in addition to bright berry flavours, is spice – and plenty of it!

Tasting Notes

Clear pale lemon with green hues
Grapefruit, white peach and a touch of vanilla
Lemon, lime and yellow apple carried by crisp acid drive. Leesy characters add texture.
5+ years ageing potential


Berries pressed directly to a combination of new and used French oak. Full solids retained and wild fermentation. Partial malolactic fermentation followed by five months on lees to build mouthfeel.

Professional Reviews

Interesting wine we have here. It tastes very much like a still Champagne. It’s racy, saline, kind of a bread dough thing, some spice, and the fruit is mainly ripe lemon and grapefruit, with maybe some green apple. It feels chalky, it’s pretty tight in acidity, barely ripe, but it does have presence and length.
This bunch of new releases from Mount Langi Ghiran are a really tidy set and this Cliff Edge Chardonnay is a beauty for the asking price. It gets in deep and runs long - delicious! Scents of sourdough and wholemeal bread throw themselves at you with a Portuguese tart cameo. Yellow grapefruit, cut green apple, flirtatious white fleshed stonefruit and freshly squeezed lemon all add favourably to the detail. Some time in new and used French oak brings vanilla and a lick of Werther's original - that sexy tease of caramel. Yes! Long with a seemingly endless drive, the pitter-patter of fine spice completes a rock-solid Chardonnay. Great gear indeed.