Mount Langi Ghiran 'Billi Billi' Shiraz 2017

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  • 91/100 Angus Hughson
  • The Billi Billi is a wonderful introduction to the esteemed wines of this iconic estate and for those less familiar with cool-climate Shiraz.
  • A layered, generous wine with bounds of aromatic florals and spice, luscious red and black fruits
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  • Angus Hughson
    91 points

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The Billi Billi is a wonderful introduction to the esteemed wines of this iconic estate and for those less familiar with cool-climate Shiraz. "It is a perfumed wine, bursting with Intense, rich red and black fruits, overlayed with dried florals and spice. A layered, generous wine with bounds of aromatic florals and spice, luscious red and black fruits paired with finely structured tannins and mouthwatering acidity." (winemaker's note).

Mount Langi Ghiran – Aboriginal for home of the yellow tailed black cockatoo – is set amongst the dramatic backdrop of the Great Dividing Range in the Grampians region of Victoria, producing iconic cool climate wines.

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  • Angus Hughson

    91
    "The Billi Billi is a dependable favourite for fans of Victorian Shiraz showing both intense dark fruits as well as nice little savoury touches that lift it above much of the competition. This vintage seems stronger than many recent years showing plenty of power and complexity. Mid ruby in colour it packs quite a punch with sweet blackberry fruits topped up by savoury cedar, peppery spice and eucalyptus – impressive for the price. It is then quite supple in the mouth with layers of mulberry and cranberry fruits underlined by silky tannins. It’s certainly well pitched for a mid-week red, particularly with pink lamb cutlets."

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Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

Victoria

The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.

There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.

Grampians

The Grampians wine region is situated near the Grampians National Park and the Pyrenees hills in Victoria. Only a two hour’s drive west from Melbourne, this area is known primarily for their luscious, full-bodied red wine such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also known to produce crisp, citrus-driven Rieslings.

Home to over 15 wineries, Grampians enjoys a Mediterranean climate because of its closeness to the Southern Ocean which brings a wave of cool winds to the vineyards during the summer. During the daytime, the temperatures tend to range from warm to hot and it cools down to cold temperatures during the night. Autumns in Grampians are blissfully mild which allowing for ideal conditions for ripening grapes. The soil of this region is divided into two main types: soil which is acidic grey brown loamy sands and clay loam soils, and hard yellow soil with structured clay sub soils. Because of the acidity of the soils, the pH levels have to be increased with the addition of lime to make them favorable for grape growth. This may explain the hints of acidity and citruses in the wines of this region.

About the brand Mount Langi Ghiran

Mount Langi Ghiran was originally planted in 1870 and has become the home of one of Australia's finest cool-climate wines, the Langi Shiraz. The most recent owners of the property are the Rathbone family who bought the property in 2002. Dan Buckle took over from Trevor Mast as winemaker in 2003 and has continued on the tradition of exceptional winemaking.

Set in the Grampians region of Victoria, the Mount Langi Ghiran vineyard is one of the most isolated and unique sites in Australian viticulture. The vineyards sit 350 metres above sea level, and Mount Cole is approximately 3km opposite. When cold air tumbles down the mountains at night, the two mountains create a cooling effect. During Autumn, the shadow of the mountain causes less daylight, creating perfect conditions for an extended ripening period. The soils have a granite layer that sits on top of red clay loams, which provides more complexity in the fruit.

While 80 per cent of the production is Shiraz, other varieties planted here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese for reds, and Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling for whites.

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