Halls Gap Estate Fallen Giants Vineyard Riesling 2016
Halls Gap Estate’s vineyard on the eastern slopes of the Grampians Region has a fantastic story.
Originally the 23-acre Boroka Vineyard was planted in 1969 on red-clay-loam soils to mostly Shiraz, Cabernet and Riesling, on a cooler site at 260m, with an eastern aspect. The low yielding vineyard supplied Seppelts and Penfolds.
It was purchased in 1996 by, the late, great Trevor Mast to help keep up with demand of Mount Langi Ghiran — A benchmark producer of cool-climate Shiraz. 1996 was the year Mount Langi Ghiran was on the cover of Wine Spectator magazine alongside Penfolds Grange. The vineyard subsequently became Mount Langi Ghiran vineyard. In 2014 it was purchased by Aaron Drummond’s family (half of Crice wines with Dan Buckle) and a new chapter begun. They hired ex Dromana Estate viticulturist and winemaker Duncan Buchanan to manage the renamed Fallen Giants vineyard.
Dan Buckle is chief winemaker which makes the story of Halls Gap Estate’s wines more compelling. Dan is Chief Winemaker at Chandon in the Yarra Valley and has a Mornington Peninsula venture called Circe with Aaron Drummond. Prior to this he was Chief Winemaker at Mount Langi Ghiran, for about eight years, working initially on Trevor’s team. A period in which the reputation of the wines grew substantially locally and internationally. Prior to Langi he worked with James Halliday at Coldstream Hills and Yering Station in the Yarra Valley.
The Grampians region enjoyed exceptional vintages in 2014 for red wines. Reinforced by the super expensive Best’s 2014 Thompson Family Shiraz taking out the 2017 Halliday Wine Companion award for Wine of the Year.
Fallen Giants Vineyard Shiraz 2014
The Shiraz was picked in March, then fermented in traditional open fermenters with hand plunging twice a day. The wine was pressed off to barrel where it matured in French oak (20% new) for 18 months before bottling.
Perfect poise. Peppery but not too much so. Ripped with cherry-plum flavours. Whispers of deli meat and dried eucalypt leaves. Smells, tastes, feels and finishes well. Tannin is fine and precise.
Fallen Giants Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The Cabernet was fermented in open fermenters with a long cold soak and extended maceration. Plunging was done twice a day ensuring nice colour and fine tannin.
This is a wine of structure and class but both its quality and drinkability are linked directly to the flow of it, the balance, the sensation of softness as the flavours roll through the mouth. We’re looking at blackberry and boysenberry as much as blackcurrant; spicy herbs; lead pencil and a general suggestion of savouriness. It’s juicy. It’s incredibly well balanced. It doesn’t scream cabernet but it leads you in that direction.
Fallen Giants Vineyard Riesling 2016
A dry style Riesling with lovely fresh acidity and notes of citrus and kaffir lime.