Halls Gap Fallen Giants Shiraz

Fallen Giants Shiraz 2017

Grampians, Victoria   |    750ml   |    14%

The Halls Gap vineyard in the Grampians has a long and revered history dating back to the 1960's. A long time grower for Seppelts and Penfolds, the vineyard was in the hands of the late Trevor Mast for many years, and in 2014 was acquired by Aaron Drummond. With a focus on Cabernet, Riesling and Shiraz, the single vineyard wines of Halls Gap Estate are labelled 'Fallen Giants' - a reference to the dreamtime stories about the creation of the mountains.

This 2017 Fallen Giants Shiraz is an incredibly impressive example of Grampians Shiraz; beautifully structured, it's hits the seemingly perfect balance between approachability and excellent fruit flavours, with quality French oak playing a mere support role. A wine that's fast gaining a big following, this comes with our highest recommendation. 

Reviews of the 2016 below:

"98 Points. This has classic Grampians shiraz flavours; all black fruits and a strongly structured palate with a rocky edge to the fruit on the mid-palate; spices, cracked pepper and licorice all at maximum levels. Indeed, you would never have believed it possible that an even bigger wine would exist a few metres up the hill. Let me say, however that although this is super-full-bodied, it doesn't rely on tannins. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To 2045. $30"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.

"95 Points. Grampians shiraz. All French oak, 10% new, for 18 months. A study in elegance. Such sweet control, such savoury charm. It doesn’t scream the words Grampians shiraz; it purrs them into a microphone. Plums, cherries, nuts, and low-but-important-levels of peppers and associated spices. Oak has been pinned immaculately to the fruit. It all sings through the finish. Modern and traditional at once. It feels completely unforced. Bless it. Alcohol: 14.5% Price: $30 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2022 - 2040" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

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The Halls Gap vineyard was planted on the steep eastern slopes of the Grampians in 1969. It represented part of the second coming of the Victorian wine industry which had seen very little new plantings since the turn of the century.

A long time grower Seppelts and Penfolds, in the mid 1990's the vineyard was acquired by the famed winemaker, the late, great Trevor Mast, and subsequently became a Mount Langi Ghiran vineyard. In 2014 it was purchased by Aaron Drummond (half of Circe Wines) and a new chapter commenced.

High elevation, old vines and ancient rocky soils have kept yields low but always delivered incredible quality. 23 acres under vine with a predominance of Shiraz, but a small paddock of old Riesling and Cabernet. The single vineyard wines of Halls Gap Estate are labelled 'Fallen Giants' in reference to the dreamtime stories about the creation of the mountains.
From our single vineyard planted in 1969 on the eastern slopes of the Grampians. A nice even year with little in the way of heat spikes in the region. 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. Drinking well now but will also reward cellaring to 2022.

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