2010 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz

Chris Shanahan
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Variety Shiraz
WINERY Mount Langi
RRP 27
Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2010
Mount Langi Ghiran vineyard, Grampians, Victoria
$24.69-$30
four-star/94
The back label describes Cliff Edge as “baby Langi”, a reference to the winery’s $100 flagship, “Langi” shiraz. The beautifully elegant 2010 Langi, reviewed last year, rates among the greatest shirazes I have tasted. And Cliff Edge, though somewhat chunkier in tannins, delivers its own elegance and irresistible charm. The intense flavour of cool-grown shiraz underpins the wine. But winemaking techniques weave attractive aromas, flavours and textures through the fruit:  whole bunches in the ferment; warm fermentation; hand and foot plunging of the skins during fermentation; finishing the primary ferment and secondary malolactic ferment in barrels; and maturation in Burgundian oak barrels. It adds up to an aromatic, savoury-spicy, medium-bodied shiraz with considerable cellaring capacity.