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Cool-climate wines to keep you warm this winter

31 May 2024

Stay cosy this winter with the perfect companion: Mount Langi Ghiran's cool-climate wines. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Mount Langi Ghiran’s cellar door, set against dramatic granite peaks, you’ll remember it fondly as home to one of Australia’s most iconic cool-climate wines. The Langi Shiraz was a vision of the late Trevor Mast, a talented and charismatic winemaker who shaped the vineyard between 1980 and 2006, establishing their cool-climate shiraz well before the style was in vogue.

Now, Mount Langi Ghiran’s cool-climate wines have gained international recognition, further developed under the talented eye of current Chief Winemaker Adam Louder. Starting as a cellar hand under Trevor, Adam has returned to his winemaking origins following a flourishing international career.

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In the Grampians wine region we’re serious about what we do, and are proving it to the rest of the globe with a plethora of awards under our belt. Shiraz is the Grampians wine region’s top performing variety, being characteristically powerful with generous fruit and spice wrapped in velvety tannins.

Among our prized producers, Mount Langi Ghiran boasts a cellar door with views as exquisite as their wines, just out of Ararat in Eastern Grampians. Taste your way through a collection of wines in their light-filled cellar door overlooking the vineyard and learn all about Mount Langi Ghiran’s unique history and terroir. There are four different tasting options, ranging from a standard tasting flight to a private museum tasting, where you’ll be taken on a tour of the barrel hall and wine making facility before tasting four premium and four museum wines along with a platter of nibbles to share.

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Mount Langi Ghiran focuses on producing distinctive cool-climate wines with each vintage, a reflection of a unique site and its seasons. So what can you expect? Their flagship wine, the expressive Langi Shiraz, tastes of blackberry, dark cherry and menthol with pepper aromas, married to supple textures and underlying savoury oak. Peppery notes - characteristic of Grampians Shiraz - carry through to their other wines too, a hallmark of the granite sands over sedimentary red clay loam on which the grapes are grown.

The Cliff’s Edge range, for example, gives expression to the intensity, purity and finesse possible thanks to a cool-climate and granite soils.

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Early this year, the Langi Shiraz was once again rewarded with publication in LANGTONS, a title it’s retained for over two decades. The LANGTONS Classification is the pinnacle of recognition for fine and luxury Australian wineries and producers. Of 100 wines recognised in the new LANGTONS classifications, clear trends towards elegance and distinction can be seen.

“In Classifications gone by, the richly robed reds of warmer climate parts of South Australia were stalwart wines. While such wines from top names are still loved among collectors, there is clear and irrefutable movement towards lighter styles from cool-climate regions. We can see a movement away from the hedonistic, full-bodied reds, with a shift towards lighter styles from cooler climates”, says LANGTONS Head of Auctions and Secondary Market Michael Anderson.

So, as the winter chill sets in, cosy up with a glass of Mount Langi Ghiran's cool-climate wine. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or just starting your wine exploration, a visit to Mount Langi Ghiran's cellar door promises an unforgettable adventure into the world of cool-climate Grampians wines.