Vintage
2016
Brand
Cliff Edge
Title
Shiraz
Description

The 2016 Cliff Edge Shiraz is a storybook of the vintage in a glass. Wildly different to the elegant and perfumed 2015, the entirely unprecedented conditions of the 2016 growing season seemingly delivered equally unique and unexpected characters never seen at Langi before – a discovery that has the team here at Langi pretty excited and now asking even more questions…

Fruit is unashamedly rich, deep and bold…and highly fragrant. Concentration and power gives way to a suite of seductive spices that are both intriguing and exciting, straddling the lines of musk and pepper. The distinct red and blue flowers of the Langi vineyard are ever-present, but are at one with the lush fruit, bringing great perfume to the party.

The structure is unique; the fine, powdery, slightly savoury structure juxtaposes the rich, sweet, spicy fruit creating a balance of boldness and elegance. The sheer generosity of this wine makes it ready to drink now, while the less-ripe tannins and firmness of structure suggests this wine has a long future to settle in to as well.

$ 33.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 33.00 total + shipping

Viticulture

Varietal
Shiraz (100%)
Vintage
2016
Region
Grampians
Growing Conditions
Vintage 2016 was challenging at Mount Langi Ghiran. The devastating hail event that swept the vineyard at 1am on the 28th January was a shock to the system and spanners to our plans; a stark reminder that Mother Nature is in control here, and is the ultimate determinant of the quality and character of our wines from year to year. As with any type of adversity, one's resolve can be tested, but we swiftly reset and moved towards an embrace of the challenge - driven by the pursuit to preserve every perfect berry and create the best wines from the Langi vineyard possible. In the vineyard and the winery, our skills, intuition and creativity became finely attuned to the vintage, and we were able to create a Cliff Edge Shiraz that will forever stand out as being special, a little different and very much a narrative of our vintage experience. The 2015/2016 growing season was cumulatively warmer than average. Winter and Spring rainfall was over 4 inches below long-term averages; a prolonged period of water deficits together with the warmer conditions made 2016 a particularly challenging year in the vineyard. Vintage came extremely early, with the first harvests commencing at the beginning of February, and all wrapped up before Easter – the earliest on record at Langi. Besides being early, vintage was compressed, and fast. Average yields were slightly below long-term averages, delivering highly concentrated fruit.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Deep red/black with crimson hues.
Nose
Deep and rich red/black fruits perfumed with blue flowers and complex spice.
Palate
Rich and lush, this bolder edition of Cliff Edge is deeply layered with tangy red and black fruits, dark chocolate, pepper/musk spice and fragrant violet perfumes. Its fuller body fosters some new oak complexity, gently elevating each aromatic and structural component in the wine. The 2016 Cliff Edge Shiraz is rich, flowing and long, underpinned by fine, chewy tannins. The finish is clean and defined, with mouth-watering mineral freshness typically reflective of Langi’s granite terrain.

Winemaking

Alcohol
13.8%
Bottle size
750 mL
Winemaking Notes
VINE AGE: Various. Average approximately 25 years | HARVEST DATE: Feb/March, 2016 | HARVEST METHOD: Hand and machine | FERMENTATION METHOD: Open fermenters, plunged, whole berry and whole bunch fermentation, including Pigeage via foot-stomping. | BARREL ORIGIN: 100% French oak | BARREL AGE: 35% new

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Professional Reviews

Rating Value
94
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Publication
Halliday Wine Companion 2019
Review
This cuvee benefited handsomely from the egregious weather that beset vintage '16. Hail saw to it that the fruit usually assigned to the Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz and the special Mast cuvee was declassified, landing in this. medium-bodied and poised as a chiaroscuro of cool climate reticence and an effusion of cherry, anise, black plum, menthol and five-spice, this is delicious. Finishes with a smear of black olive soused tannins and a whir of peppery acidity, this can be enjoyed now or aged medium term.
Rating Value
92
Rating Scale
points
Rating Value Maximum
100
Rating Value Minimum
0
Reviewer
Toni Paterson
Publication
The Real Review
Review
This wine is a bit chameleon-like. At first, it is very shy, and quite plain, with reserved fruit and some herbal elements poking through. But then it blooms into a magnificent wine, laden with supple, stylish, dark cherry fruit with hints of licorice, with the green aspects providing freshness and balance. It is a captivating wine, which makes you think, and it gets better and better the longer it is open
Vintage
2016
Brand
Cliff Edge
Title
Shiraz
$ 33.00 retail price per bottle
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$ 33.00 total + shipping

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