98 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
Langi Shiraz is selectively hand harvested from the iconic “Langi Old Block”, planted in 1963 to what we refer to as “Swiss Clone”. This site has produced unique and highly expressive cool climate shiraz since 1979. Each vintage deeply reflects Langi and its seasons, and epitomises the finesse of cool climate shiraz.
Up to 10 parcels of fruit are separately harvested across the block to capture and highlight the nuances of the site. Due to its cool climate, Old Block is typically one of the last shiraz vineyards to be harvested in Australia. A long, slow ripening contributes to the development of a stunning range of fruit flavours, perfumes, pepper and spice; Old Block delivers highly complex, graceful shiraz with depth and detail.
Across the years, Langi Shiraz has seen various winemaker interpretations; the progressive and dynamic approach to the vineyard and winemaking here at Langi has been critical in exploring, and defining the essence of the Langi Old Block, and Langi Shiraz.
“From the Langi Old Block, planted ’63, hand-picked, separate ferments of 70% crushed, 20% whole bunches and 10% whole berries, cold soak, cultured yeast, 3 weeks on skins, matured in French oak (35% new) for 16 months. While full-bodied, this has exceptional poise and elegance, reflecting its fastidious vinification. Intense red, purple and black fruits, ripe tannins and cedary oak are members of an orchestra playing Beethoven under the direction of a great conductor.” – 98 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday