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.
“We know the flavours. Black pepper, black cherries edging into plum, deli meat, roasted nuts and herbs. Quality, saucy oak is smeared more or less lightly throughout. It feels fine and detailed but it also feels powerful and deep. It feels fresh. The ripple of tannin though; here’s where the pulse lifts. Spice-shot, firm but not wrenching, the squeeze slowly but surely applied from the mid-palate onwards. It all presents quite perfectly. A stellar wine.” – 96 Points Campbell Mattinson
“The supremely fragrant bouquet has a platform of black fruits so tightly laced with charcuterie, licorice, spice and black pepper that you can’t break free until you reach the mouthwatering, medium-bodied palate of exceptional length and balance. The mouthfeel is of silk with a velvet rim, radiating red and black cherry fruits with a drumbeat of flavours matching those of the bouquet.” – 98 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday