Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mount Langi Ghiran Mast Rare Reserve Block Victorian Shiraz, 2002

The late Trevor Mast and his wife, Sandra, were no longer the owners of Mount Langi Ghiran when this wine was produced. But Trevor was apparently still involved in the winemaking process, and this beautiful Shiraz has Trevor Mast written all over it--excellent fruit with just enough handling to let the vineyard do its thing.

Deep, dark red violet. Still young but at a good stage for drinking. Lovely nose of red and black cherries, coffee and a hint of black pepper. Pinot-like in its elegance and intensity. Very smooth on the palate. Some of the Syrah herbal element that is more often found in Rhone wines from France. Sweet fruit  but with brisk acidity that keeps it in its place. Slightly chewy tannins, but open and friendly. Sings on the finish.

This Shiraz was imported and sold in the United States several years ago by Jon Rimmerman of I bought my bottles for a good price at auction. Wish I had bought more.

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