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The Society’s Exhibition Victoria Shiraz 2019

Red Wine from Australia - Victoria
This Society exclusive comes from Mt Langi Ghiran's vineyard, which sits against a stunning backdrop of the Great Dividing Range in Australia. Extra ripe and full-bodied in 2019 due to a particularly hot, dry vintage, this will appeal most to lovers of big, generous red wines. Cassis, cocoa and spice on the nose continue on the palate.
Price: £14.50 Bottle
Price: £87.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: AU23741

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Syrah/Shiraz
  • 15% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2027
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap

Victoria

Victoria is the southernmost state on the Australian mainland and contains within its borders a diverse collection of terroirs, perhaps the most varied within Australia. This diversity has helped the state to earn an enviable reputation for the quality of its wines, the areas that they hail from and its wineries.

It has a long history since the first settlers in the region planted vines, but the catalyst for expansion was the gold rush of the mid-19th century which saw many a vineyard established. This promising start was stalled dramatically by the arrival of phylloxera in the 1870’s and to this day the Victoria produce less than half the amount produced in neighbouring South Australia despite having many more vineyards.

Despite its small size (it is the smallest state other than Tasmania) it has an amazing diversity of terroirs, from the dry, torrid north-east where fortified wines are king, to the positively chilly by comparison Mornington Peninsula due south of Melbourne on the...
Victoria is the southernmost state on the Australian mainland and contains within its borders a diverse collection of terroirs, perhaps the most varied within Australia. This diversity has helped the state to earn an enviable reputation for the quality of its wines, the areas that they hail from and its wineries.

It has a long history since the first settlers in the region planted vines, but the catalyst for expansion was the gold rush of the mid-19th century which saw many a vineyard established. This promising start was stalled dramatically by the arrival of phylloxera in the 1870’s and to this day the Victoria produce less than half the amount produced in neighbouring South Australia despite having many more vineyards.

Despite its small size (it is the smallest state other than Tasmania) it has an amazing diversity of terroirs, from the dry, torrid north-east where fortified wines are king, to the positively chilly by comparison Mornington Peninsula due south of Melbourne on the coast. It also embraces a fair chunk of the Murray Darling region where irrigation makes the vast expanses of vineyard a possibility and from where three quarters of the state’s grape yield derives.

The Yarra Valley is a short car ride to the north of Melbourne, and has a wide selection of tourist diversions to prove it. It also has an array of excellent estates and vineyards at various elevations and in a variety of soils, from clay and sand to volcanic. Rediscovered in the 1960s and prized for its cool nights and warm, sunny days, it has become synonymous with excellent pinot noirs and elegant, intense chardonnays that are doing much to reclaim Australia’s reputation for the variety. Shiraz has also proved a success in a more restrained style.

To the south of Melbourne, and benefiting fully from an unrelenting oceanic influence on its doorstep is the Mornington Peninsula. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean and Port Phillip Bay on three sides, and moderated by the breezes these expanses of water generate the summer climate on the peninsula is for the most part temperate. This is a region of small estates producing some of the most elegant and refined pinot noirs in the new world let alone Australia. The soils vary from volcanic deposits to sandy clay and after pinot noir there is fine chardonnay and an increasing volume of pinot gris. Close to Melbourne the area of Geelong enjoys a windy, maritime climate but is slightly warmer, making plump pinot and some delicious shiraz and chardonnay.

In the north-east lies one of the great wine regions of Australia, though it is not shiraz, or chardonnay nor riesling for which it is famed, but rather the muscat grape, made into a fortified treasure that is unique to the area and which is one of Australia’s great vinous jewels. Rutherglen Liqueur Muscats, and Muscadelles, can hold their head up in the company of any great port, sherry or Madeira for their rich, complex, silky and concentrated character. The summers here are torrid, the landscape arid and the grapes full of sugar. And the red table wines made are dense, brooding examples that are improving all the time. But it is the joyous fortifieds that steal the show.
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Mount Langi Ghiran

Mount Langi is an impressive, densely forested hill in one of the cooler spots in the state of Victoria. The aboriginal name, impressive in its economy, means ‘home of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo.’ The vineyards here nestle between two dramatic mountain ranges, the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, and the spectacular peaks of the Grampians National Park.

The original vineyards were planted in the 1870s when European immigrants travelled to Western Victoria in search of gold. Bringing vines with them from Europe, they set about working the land, creating what are now some of Australia’s oldest vineyards. The vines were replaced by sheep at the turn of the century, but the site was re-established in 1963 by Italian immigrants, the Fratin brothers, who discovered that conditions were favourable for the production of the spicy, complex red wine we now know as Mount Langi Shiraz.

The elevated sites here benefit from a nightly cooling-down, particularly in autumn, when the grapes are ripening, as the cold air tumbles down the mountains and flows through the valley. Another advantage of the mountains is a shadowing effect which shortens the effective sunshine hours and protects the vineyards from overexposure. These microclimatic phenomena account for the distinctive characteristics of Mount Langi Shiraz and we are immensely proud to have secured the estate’s benchmark shiraz for bottling under our own label. The Society’s Exhibition Victoria Shiraz has intense...
Mount Langi is an impressive, densely forested hill in one of the cooler spots in the state of Victoria. The aboriginal name, impressive in its economy, means ‘home of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo.’ The vineyards here nestle between two dramatic mountain ranges, the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, and the spectacular peaks of the Grampians National Park.

The original vineyards were planted in the 1870s when European immigrants travelled to Western Victoria in search of gold. Bringing vines with them from Europe, they set about working the land, creating what are now some of Australia’s oldest vineyards. The vines were replaced by sheep at the turn of the century, but the site was re-established in 1963 by Italian immigrants, the Fratin brothers, who discovered that conditions were favourable for the production of the spicy, complex red wine we now know as Mount Langi Shiraz.

The elevated sites here benefit from a nightly cooling-down, particularly in autumn, when the grapes are ripening, as the cold air tumbles down the mountains and flows through the valley. Another advantage of the mountains is a shadowing effect which shortens the effective sunshine hours and protects the vineyards from overexposure. These microclimatic phenomena account for the distinctive characteristics of Mount Langi Shiraz and we are immensely proud to have secured the estate’s benchmark shiraz for bottling under our own label. The Society’s Exhibition Victoria Shiraz has intense aromas and flavours of pepper, vanilla and blackcurrant-mulberry fruit.

Also from Mount Langi comes Billi Billi Shiraz, named in honour of one of the original aboriginal chiefs of the region in the 1860s.
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Australia Vintage 2019

It’s hard to give a blanket picture of how Australia has done in any particular vintage as, frankly, it’s huge! Regional variation notwithstanding, 2019 generally looks good in most regions after an excellent 2018. Drought, though, continued to be a problem, and rising temperatures in places such as McLaren Vale mean that alcohol levels are only going in one direction.

However, I would urge members not to base their view of the entirety of Australia on what is going on in Barossa or McLaren Vale. 2019 in Margaret River produced some excellent wines and this continues to be a world-class region for elegant, silky and delicious cabernet-based wines. Tasmania, Yarra and Mornington Peninsula have also shone in the 2019 vintage and demonstrate how fantastic Australia is for cooler-climate winemaking. Thanks to Margaret River and Mornington Peninsula’s sea influence (therefore keeping temperatures cooler) and the microclimates of Yarra Valley and Tasmania, these regions are set to...
It’s hard to give a blanket picture of how Australia has done in any particular vintage as, frankly, it’s huge! Regional variation notwithstanding, 2019 generally looks good in most regions after an excellent 2018. Drought, though, continued to be a problem, and rising temperatures in places such as McLaren Vale mean that alcohol levels are only going in one direction.

However, I would urge members not to base their view of the entirety of Australia on what is going on in Barossa or McLaren Vale. 2019 in Margaret River produced some excellent wines and this continues to be a world-class region for elegant, silky and delicious cabernet-based wines. Tasmania, Yarra and Mornington Peninsula have also shone in the 2019 vintage and demonstrate how fantastic Australia is for cooler-climate winemaking. Thanks to Margaret River and Mornington Peninsula’s sea influence (therefore keeping temperatures cooler) and the microclimates of Yarra Valley and Tasmania, these regions are set to become increasingly important and worth following.
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