The Fratin family, immigrants from the cooler areas of Northern Italy took over the original vines of Mount Langi Ghiran. Located in the Grampian mountains of Victoria this is cool climate terroir and a very exciting region for intriguing vines and wines. The very talented winemaker Trevor Mast and his wife Sandra purchased Mount Langi Ghiran with Ian Menzies in the mid 1980’s . A turning point for Mount Langi Ghiran, Trevor had a vision for a cool climate Shiraz before cool climate was in vogue and so the iconic Langi Shiraz was just around the corner.
A vision for cool climate Shiraz before it was in vogue
After 15 years of tirelessly building the name of Mount Langi Ghiran, Trevor knew it was time for the brand to go to the next level. At the same time, the Rathbone family were formulating a new wine business focusing on wineries located in premium regions with the potential for excellence in a specific varietal. Yering Station in the Yarra Valley was the first piece in the strategy and in late 2002 Mount Langi Ghiran became the perfect next piece. Trevor stayed on as head winemaker until 2004 when Dan Buckle became Chief Winemaker.
Trevor remained at Mount Langi Ghiran until 2006 when he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Trevor not only established Mount Langi Ghiran as a respected producer of cool climate Shiraz in Australia but it was his exceptional winemaking skills and vision that propelled Mount Langi Ghiran to international recognition. Sadly, Trevor passed away in 2012 after tirelessly battling his condition. He was a true inspiration and left behind a legacy the team continues to uphold and aspire to, always striving to produce wines of the highest quality.