Although Mount Langi is famous for Shiraz, they can make a stunning Pinot Gris too. This Cliff Edge Pinot Gris is crunchy, meaty, with pears and a hint of oak. The palate on the Mount Langi is dry and phenolic. It is a wine to drink over the next couple of years. I would love to try it with roast pork.
Mount Langi Cliff Edge Grampians Pinot Gris 2020, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
The wine history of Mount Langi Ghiran starts in the 1800s. The original vineyard was replanted in 1969, but it was when Trevor Mast came on as consultant in the 1980s that a star was born. Trevor’s work made Mount Langi Ghiran famous for cool-climate Shiraz. The wines today are as good as ever.
Mount Langi Cliff Edge Grampians Pinot Gris 2020 Winery Notes
“Vineyard: Mount Langi Ghiran | Vine age: 26 years | Soil: Granite sand over red clay | Harvest date: Late February 2020 | Harvest Method: Hand picked.
Hand picked and whole bunch pressed. 60% fermented cool in stainless steel tank to retain aromatics and freshness, 40% into used French barriques to add texture and interest.”
A lot of great wine comes out of the Grampians. But for unknown reasons, it is not super popular. Maybe it is the cooler climate outlook of the wines? World-class Shiraz is made here. And more than one Cabernet has been enjoyed too. Riesling and Pinot Gris are the whites to keep your eye out.
Gris and Grigio are in fact the same variety, and both names mean grey in French and Italian respectively, which is somewhat deceptive because the grapes can be almost blue when ripe. The great wines of Alsace and North-Eastern Italy often feature Pinot Grigio. It grows all over the world now too. AKA Grauburgunder in Germany.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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