Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2014
I’m not even sure this is commercially released, but expect high points and plenty of praise when it lands. The only thing working against this release of Mount Langi’s well priced favourite is that its still coming together.
Medium red with purple edges, the nose is achingly closed, showing lipstick, purple berries, just a little black pepper and then Play Doh oak. Wound up tight, the high quality oak a dominant power for the moment (but it won’t be in 6 months time).
The beauty here is just how well balanced that palate is – not hot, not over extracted, not sweet, just beautiful purple fruit, tightly wound into a ball of flavour, fine silky tannins and just perfect natural acidity. Again, the oak is obvious on the palate, but just because the rest hasn’t caught up. It still tastes of quality, mid-weight, classic western Victorian Shiraz with nary a hair out of place. You expect that the big dog Langi Shiraz will be even more intense again, in which case start forming a queue now.
This Cliff Edge Shiraz is very very good. I’m erring on the cautious side of the score equation now, but in 6 months time that number could go up plenty. Best drinking: 2017-2023. 18/20, 93/100. 13.8%, $35ish. Would I buy it? Sure would.