Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter in their June 2019 expert review tasting of Australian multi-regional blends (see blue link below).
Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2015 - June 2019 Decanter review
With imposing, rugged cliff faces casting shadows across ancient vine plantings, Mount Langi Ghiran is set against the dramatic backdrop of the Great Dividing Range in the Grampians region of Victoria. The Mount Langi Ghiran (Aboriginal for home of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo) vineyard is one of the most isolated and unique sites in Australian viticulture. In mid-2018 Adam Louder took the helm as Head Winemaker at Langi. Together with Damien Sheehan, Langi’s Viticulturalist, Adam and the winemaking team share a passion and vision for Langi. This is a dedicated team who are on the same page; all aiming to make some of the best wines in the country.
Open fermenters are used for this wine. The grapes are plunged and undergo a short cold soak pre-maceration. The 2015 Billi Billi Shiraz is sourced from a selection of premium cool climate vineyards throughout Victoria; predominantly the Grampians including a portion from the Mount Langi Ghiran vineyards, home of the iconic Langi Shiraz. Throughout Victoria, the 2015 vintage provided near perfect conditions for grape growing. A temperate Summer without extremes followed by classic Autumn weather of warm days and cool nights. This resulted in slow and steady ripening, ideal for producing Shiraz of distinctive character. This Billi Billi beautifully reflects its cool climate origins.
The Billi Billi Shiraz 2015 is a deep garnet colour with a bright red rim. The aromas are intense and rich, of red and black fruits, with dried florals and spicy highlights. This is a generous wine with flavours of luscious red and black fruits paired with finely structured tannins and mouth-watering acidity. The spice and floral notes follow on from the bouquet to enliven the drive of fruit and mark the wine’s cool climate origins.