06-08-2018 ~ 2 Comments

Bringing the “stonk”, Halls Gap – Fallen Giants 2014

I’m often at a loss for words–at least in other languages. In English, I’m generally well set (sorta) but every so often, a word pops up in British English that we sorely need in American English. While some of my fellow countrymen have adopted “spot on” as of late, it sounds horridly wrong with an American accent, double so if said by anyone who talks with “upspeak“. But then there’s the British word, stonkin’ which in essence means that something is very good or impressive.

This is a great word and I’m really pissed about it as it should have been an American word. “How’s the barbecue going Jim?” “Stonkin’!” Well now that I think about it, it should have been an Australian word as honestly, I can think of no better word than stonkin’ to sum up the Halls Gap “Fallen Giants” Shiraz that I recently tried.

The vineyard for this wine is in the Grampians GI which for some reason, with some sellers gets lumped in with Mornington Peninsula despite the fact they’re 250km apart. They’re still both in the state of Victoria albeit Mornington, now known for its stellar Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is just a stone’s throw from Melbourne whilst Grampians you could only reach by stone if you were to carry that stone on a nearly three hour drive in the car, which Australians I’ve met talk about as if it were a quick jaunt to get milk.

Grampians is getting rightly known for its Syrahs. There’s also a good helping of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir as it has a cooler climate pitched up against the Grampians Mountains. If this wine is any indication however, they should just circle their wagons around the Syrah grape because yes, it is definitely more Syrah than Shiraz or perhaps “Syhraz”.

It’s a wine that has all that great ripeness and cleanliness find throughout a wealth of Australian wine but it’s so much more than that or, “moreish” to borrow another amazing word from British vernacular. There’s depth and complexity, length and polish, and well, balance for lack of another overused word. I just wanted to spend an hour smelling it but it was such a tasty, delicious wine, it was hard to stop from polishing it off. I highly recommend checking it out if you’ve not had the chance.

Fallen Giants Shiraz 2014
Deep, dark ruby red. No rim, no nothing. Dark cherry, blackberry compote, eucalyptus, herbal garrigue and sage. Earthy notes on the palate, more red fruit comes through. Quite rich, medium plus acidity and finish. Seems like a big, pointy Shiraz but is incredibly well articulated with a lot of style and subtlety.
100% Syrah 14% 25€
** 93