Un­earthing Talus

There’s a new mem­ber of Mount Langi Ghiran’s fam­ily of shi­raz wines. Talus, avail­able now, will stand along­side es­teemed la­bels Mast and Langi, cre­at­ing a trio of Aus­tralia’s finest cool-cli­mate shi­razes.

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The Grampians in Vic­to­ria is a cool, moun­tain­ous wine re­gion and the Mount Langi Ghiran vineyard – nes­tled at the base of its name­sake – makes the most of this lo­ca­tion. Its new shi­raz la­bel, Talus, refers to the rock frag­ments found at the foot of the moun­tain, which in­flu­ence the rich, granitic, red-clay soils of the Mount Langi Ghiran site.

The Mount Langi Ghiran brand has long been revered for its spicy, savoury, beau­ti­fully el­e­gant shi­raz wines. Langi hones in on a few ex­cep­tional parcels of fruit from the very best block on the vineyard, while Mast – named af­ter leg­endary Langi wine­maker Trevor Mast, who blazed a trail for cool-cli­mate shi­raz in Aus­tralia – uses the finest sin­gle-vineyard fruit avail­able each vin­tage. Now, with Talus, the wine­mak­ing and viti­cul­tural teams are bring­ing it all to­gether, hav­ing mapped out the dis­tinc­tive of­fer­ings across the Mount Langi Ghiran es­tate over many years, work­ing with them in the win­ery to cre­ate this spe­cial wine.

Viti­cul­tur­ist Damien Shee­han speaks to the di­ver­sity of ma­te­rial at the Mount Langi Ghiran site – all el­e­ments that com­ple­ment each other in the Talus Shi­raz. “It’s the pro­found in­flu­ence of the moun­tain over the vineyard, com­bined with a shi­raz clone of rare prove­nance, that en­ables us to achieve medium-bod­ied, har­mo­nious, fra­grant ex­am­ples across our es­tate. We have mul­ti­ple shi­raz blocks that cover a range of soil types. The Dam Block pro­duces an in­tense blue­berry char­ac­ter, while the Con­tour Block de­liv­ers more in the red-fruit spec­trum, and the Cel­lar Block cre­ates wines with ethe­real, high-tone aro­mas.”

Wine­maker Adam Louder fur­ther em­pha­sises the beauty of these dif­fer­ent blocks in the Talus Shi­raz. “We’re blessed with a great vari­a­tion of as­pects within the Langi prop­erty, which con­trib­utes to the lay­ers that build iconic, age-wor­thy wines,” he says. “With the Langi and Mast shi­razes be­ing sin­gle-block wines, the Talus shi­raz is a wine that show­cases the best of what the vineyard has to of­fer.”

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