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A fresh, lifted pepper-and-blackcurrant nose give way to a palate of tart blackberry fruit and graphite mineral flavours. A very classy Aussie shiraz from the elevated slopes of the Grampians range.
Product Code: AU21961
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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.
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.
"Delicious !! Not usually a fan of Shiraz, but this was gorgeous, really nice on the nose and good length. Would definitely buy again. "
I would recommend this wine
"We first picked this wine out for our daughter’s wedding in 2006 from a tasting the WS laid on for us. It’s been a firm favourite ever since, despite the price slowly creeping up. It’s a classy shiraz with great flavour, and keeps well for several years."
I would recommend this wine
"Delicious !! Not usually a fan of Shiraz, but this was gorgeous, really nice on the nose and good length. Would definitely buy again. "
Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020
"Head buyer at The
Wine Society, Pierre Mansour, once described this as a sort of Australian
Rioja. And I can see what he means, it majors on American oak without ever
overwhelming the raspberry and bramble fruit. It’s a good one to give to people
who think they don’t like Australian wine. Its big brother, the Exhibition
Victorian Shiraz, is a total steal, by the way. - Henry Jeffreys"
"Rather disappointingly thin on the palate. I had expected something more robust with deeper intensity. "
Mr Roger Parslow (24-Apr-2019)
"This has been a favourite of ours for some years for a reliable, quality robust red. Successive vintages have not disappointed, following our original tasting and choosing this for our daughter's wedding in 2006 (though the price has been steadily rising). It's well balanced and smooth, with plenty of fruit, and no harshness from oak or tannin."
Mr Peter W Lane (03-Mar-2019)
"Rich with dark fruit and a pleasant nose. Medium body, robust tannins, perhaps a bit too robust for my taste, and quite spicy on the finish. Not as "big" as your typical Aussie Shiraz, and quite hard to pin down exactly what the style is here. Pleasant enough but plenty of choice at this price point, many of which have left me with more positive feelings. Three stars is probably a little mean but four would be too generous. "
Mr John Lay (15-Oct-2018)
Decanter (27th Apr 2019)
character: ripe plum and blackberry, black pepper, spicy tannin rasp and
persistence. - Sarah Ahmed"
"Great value for money. A proper full bodied Aussie Shiraz. This vintage is full, spicy and enjoyable. A tiny bit unsophisticated but at this price it's very very good."
Mr Michael Sherwin (21-Aug-2018)
Mr Alex Downham (15-May-2018)
"Excellent Shiraz, full of flavour and despite being 14.4% not overpowering."
Mr David Welland (20-Nov-2017)
"I remember seeing this wine in bottle shops when I lived in Sydney. I've given it 3 stars, but by no means a low 3 stars. Coming from Victoria, it is not a meaty, heavy and jammy Aussie Shiraz, most I found when living there from Victoria or New South Wales aren't. Instead, while not having the complexity of a French equivalent, or indeed a better Australian (if you can ever source a Peterson's Grenache or a Peppertree Wines Shiraz, you'll find a more elegant and complex red from Australia), it is very approachable and sits in the easy-drinking category. I used to pick one of these up when I wanted a good quaffing wine that tasted good but didn't want to spend too much and wasn't too bothered about having something amazing.
I'd certainly recommend having a few of these on your rack for an easy, uncomplicated red when you just want a good wine and not think too much about it. They also handy for a BBQ when you don't want to spend too much time working about what wine to choose."
Mr Howard Brewitt (13-Jun-2017)
"Although nothing especially wrong with this, it seems stuck between two styles. It isn't a big bruising Aussie Shiraz with sweet ripe fruit and oak (try the Brick Kiln), neither is it a Northern Rhone feminine but savoury cool climate Syrah. For me it's a stuck in the middle - a slightly sweet, bit weedy, one dimensional glass of fruit. Uninspiring."
Dr Philip Dodd (10-Jul-2016)
"I'd previously had the 2011 vintage and not thought much of it. The 2012, however, is in another class. Lovely smell rising from the glass. This is unmistakably a bottle of Shiraz rather than Syrah but in no way overblown. Sweetness of fruit, full flavoured but lovely freshness and pleasing texture. Easy going with a touch of seriousness. Recommended."
Mr Adrian French (18-Mar-2016)
"Excellent value for money. As far as aussie wines go at this price point, I would most agree with the description of "elegant". It still packs a punch at 14%, however it is quite smooth and balanced in the mouth (although benefits from some aeration). This will definitely be in the next order!"
Mr Bradley Thiele (23-Aug-2015)
"OK, so it may not be fashionable these days, but I am a big fan of Aussie Shiraz and if you like that style you'll love the Billi Billi. This is probably the fifth or sixth vintage we've ordered and it's a full, juicy and consistent wine that never fails to please. The cooler climate ensures its not overblown or bloated and the wine is very versatile, not to mention reliable.
I cannot recommend this enough and it's incredibly good value too - much better than anything you'd pay £11 or £12 for in your local supermarket."
Mr Colin P Edney (03-Jun-2015)
"Too full on "Ribena" for me."
Mr Alexander Parker (10-Jun-2014)
"Big and bold balanced and beautiful. Blackberry and blueberry bangers and burgers - Billi Billi you're a star."
Mr Lawrence Marshom (27-Apr-2014)
Wine-pages.com (13th Jun 2014)
"From the Grampians in
Victoria, this has gorgeous lift on the nose, with floral violet aspects,
touches of eucalyptus, and mint, chocolate-touched black fruits but so ripe and
appealing. The palate has masses of sweetness, and has such lovely life and energy
about it, flooded with fruit but again retaining that elegant freshness too.
Really great performance from a stalwart.- Tom Cannavan"
Western Mail (6th May 2014)
"Excellent value, with
jammy aromas of red fruits, violets, blackberry and pepper. - Andrew Campbell"
"Received bottle as present from Society member. Red berry fruits, OK. Tastes (even after aerating) narrow and rather sharp. Sub-standard bottle? Entirely possible, but, as so often, it's difficult to be sure. Certainly, no incentive to explore further."
Professor John L Moles (15-Jan-2014)
"My first bottle of wine from The Wine Society, and very impressed, very good price too. Lighter then most Shiraz I've had before."
Mr Paul Smith (03-Jan-2014)
"Great value for money fruity but mellow Shiraz."
Mr Michael Cooke (27-Oct-2013)
Mr Jonathan Taylor (12-Aug-2016)
"The description of this wine on the web site is spot on. Incredible value - I've had Shiraz at twice the price that wasn't half as good."
Mr Mike Davey (30-May-2013)
Mrs Pauline Fullam (21-May-2013)
"I wonder if a member might be permitted to ask another member (Mr David Wright) the name of just one shiraz as good as Billi Billi, costing under ten pounds?"
Mr Grant Shepherd (07-Jan-2013)
"Have to disagree with the very positive comments made. I bought this on the strength of the comments, but found it did not live up to the standard envisaged. It is OK, but only just at this price. There are plenty of good shiraz's around at the £8 - £9 mark."
Mr David Wright (06-Jan-2013)
"From: The Wine Society. We have plenty of 2008 in stock, enough to support sales until early 2013. We envisage, but so much depends on Christmas sales, that we would be on the 2009 vintage around Springtime.
The Wine Society (30-Oct-2012)
"If I may be allowed to make an additional comment: I used half a bottle of Billi Billi as "cooking claret" at the weekend with my steak, and resealed the screwcap tight. Two days later, I decided to see if the rest of the bottle would do with Monday night's meal (chicken). I decanted it into a carafe through a small device called a Houdini Wine Shower. The resulting experience was one of the most pleasant I can recall in many years of wine drinking. Billi Billi is no equal of a wine such as Mount Edelstone (Henschke) - but that is many times the price. However, it was really gorgeous, and worth a lot more than the price asked. Well done, Wine Society, and when is the next vintage due?"
Mr Grant Shepherd (29-Oct-2012)
"This is another excellent bottle purchased from the Society tasting in Cardiff (16/07/12). Very deep dark purple/almost black centre. Purplish/dark red rim. The fabulous sweet, jammy, and wonderfully enticing nose is packed with blackberry and red currant fruity aromas. These qualities extend to the palate which has a striking ripe and sweet jammy flavour, whilst also showing hints of chocolate and that tickling peppery quality exhibited by the Shiraz grape. The wine finishes in a fine, smooth, rounded way. This wine is delicious and the intense fruit flavours cleverly disguise the 14.5% ABV, so beware!! Wonderful to drink with or without food."
Mr Paul Jenkins (09-Aug-2012)
"Not sure when I had my first bottle of this, nor where it came from, but it has always seemed really pleasant in the way that pretty well any good Aussie shiraz is. Smooth, rather creamy and flavoursome. I'm slowly looking through the Wine Society list, trying to find something similarly good from France at the same sort of price. No chance, I fear! There is a lovely syrah from Chile called Tabali, but that is a pound dearer. Billi Billi seems almost to have the field to itself."
Mr Grant Shepherd (18-Jul-2012)
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