Riesling Grampians Victoria
Riesling grapes grown to the higher altitudes of slower ripening latitudes, form distinctive fruit characters and the wonderfully fragrant esters which have established the varietal as favourite amongst the world's great winemakers. The big secret at Mount Langi is that they retain access to some of the oldest Riesling vines in Australia, planted to craggy heights and wind swept plateaus in the Grampians. A generously flavoured, fully aromatic Riesling wine, endowed with viscosity and a measure of mineral, uncannily akin to her noble old world siblings.
Famous for their stately reds, Mount Langi are also well placed to make the nation's finest white. Always among the last vineyards in Australia to be picked, Mount Langi can look forward to the type of extended growing season which yields remarkable white wine vintages. Grapes are harvested off blocks of old vine, the youngest are in their fourth decade, some planted over a century ago. Fruit is crushed into controlled fermenters for inoculation to a high glycerol, Riesling specific yeast 796, for three weeks vinification on light solids at 15C. Upon completion, components are assembled into the finished wine for early bottling, to capture and retain the wonderfully fragrant Grampians Riesling characters.
Very light straw hue. Intense lemon and lime citrus nose, lanolin and floral notes, honeysuckles and a fragrant mineral edge. A palate of terrific fruit precision and splendid length, exquisitely clean fruit characters upfront, chalkiness and quartz, reined in by a lean yet juicy, crisp, tight acidity. Amazing balance throughout, the wine lingers on a prolonged, pristine finish.