Our 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. The region had always had a pedigree for great wines with the first vineyards in Grampians being planted at Bests & Seppelts, in the early 1860?s.
The vineyard has long been a respected grower for many of the country’s great wineries until 1996, when it was bought by the famed Victorian Winemaker, the late, great Trevor Mast, and has been a staple of Mount Langi Ghiran ever since.
Our family bought it in 2013 and re named the vineyard Fallen Giants after the dreamtime stories of the original owners of these land, the Djab Wurrung and Jardiwadjali people. According to the legends, Geriward (the Grampians) was created by the great Ancestor spirit Bunjil, who often took the form of a great Eagle. The ranges were then further shaped by Tchingal a Giant ferocious Emu, who split the mountains with his fierce kick.
The vineyard was planted in 1969 to Shiraz, Cabernet & Riesling totalling 23 acres under vine. The majority of the planting is Shiraz (14 acres).
A cooler site being at high elevation (260M) and East facing in aspect. Mean January Temperature (MJT) 20.6 degrees C
The soil is red clay loam. It is old, dating back 380 million years ago to the Devonian period. As the soils are old and weathered the vines are naturally low yielding.