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 2018 Fallen Giants Cabernet Sauvignon is another impressive offerings from this winery that is in fine form. A beautiful medium-bodied wine, it delivers plenty of varietal characters; blackcurrant and plum notes, with an appealing lick of quality oak and some nice savoury undertones. A Grampians Cabernet with loads of appeal, this is sure to drink very for the best part of the next decade.
Reviews of the 2017 vintage included below;
"95 Points. Full colour. Cool-climate cabernet should have a savoury tapenade and/or a bay leaf range of flavours, and this fits the bill precisely. The texture and structure are so perfectly balanced there is nothing shameful about hopping into a bottle tonight. Screwcap. 14% alc. To 2042. $30" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.
"This is fruity in a stern way. It’s not a big wine by any stretch but it’s well ripened and curled with leaf-infused tannin. The word immaculate comes to mind. The previous release of this I tasted provoked the word Claret; this is in that mould again. I’d call it deceptively cellarable, because it will age charmingly, but it’s not really that deceptive. Rated: 92+ Points Tasted: Feb19 Alcohol: 14% Price: $30 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2030+" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
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.
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