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Mount Langi Ghiran

The first vines were planted on the property in the 1800's but it wasn't until 1969, when the Fratin brothers replanted, that Mount Langi Ghiran was really born. Don, Lino and Serge Fratin were from an Italian immigrant family and their dream was to create a little slice of their Venetian heritage in Australia. The name roughly translates as “the home of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo” after the bird that frequents the bush in the area. They are located in the breathtaking setting of the Great Dividing Range in the Grampians region of Victoria; this is one of the most isolated vineyard sites in Australia and also one of the coolest and most unique. With Langi Ghiran providing a dramatic backdrop to the vines, there is a microclimate here where ocean breezes from Port Philip Bay cool the vineyards. The days are warm but the nights are really cool, resulting in a long growing season, and they are one of the last vineyard sites in Australia to ripen. Shiraz thrives here, and Shiraz was the first grape variety that the Fratin brothers planted. These vines now make their Langi Old Block Shiraz, which has become one of the most iconic cool climate Shiraz wines in the country, now in its 20th year of Langton's classification. The Fratin brothers continued planting, adding Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Riesling but, after initial success, they suffered a flop with their 1980 vintage and decided they needed the advice of a consultant. As luck would have it, one of the most talented in the country was right on their doorstep and Trevor Mast came to the rescue. Six years later Trevor and his wife Sandra acquired Mount Langi Ghiran with Ian Menzies. At this time the vogue for cool climate Shiraz had not yet begun, but Trevor had a feeling that this was just around the corner – and it was! Trevor spent 15 years building the reputation of the winery and became a respected producer of cool climate Shiraz. In 2002 the business was sold to the Rathbone family who were focusing on wineries in premium regions with the potential for excellence in a specific varietal. The wines are intense with waves of multi-layered fruit flavours and incredible complexity and balance.