97 Points Huon Hooke
Langmeil is home to The Freedom Shiraz vineyard, which we believe was planted in 1843 by vigneron Christian Auricht. Escaping war and persecution in Prussia, Auricht travelled to his new homeland, finding Freedom in the Barossa Valley. His original plantings survive to this day and at 172 years old are some of the oldest and rarest vines in the world.
The Lindner family of Langmeil Winery has been immersed in the Barossa’s culture of farming, food, wine and community for six generations. Their commitment to quality in all aspects is unwavering and any wine that bears the Langmeil name represents the family’s pursuit of excellence in wine and community. The family’s vision is to highlight the rare qualities of old vine Shiraz using hands-on winemaking techniques. Gentle destemming, open fermentation, basket pressing and two years in French oak accentuate the natural fruit intensity and structure.
An intense aroma of ripe Satsuma plum, mocha, vanilla and savoury notes, mingle with hints of cedar and sweet spices. On the palate is rich, sweet fruit is balanced wonderfully with briary and sweet spices and lovely, silky tannins. A full-bodied, textured wine showing great complexity with hints of cedar and allspice and in combination, flow through to the lengthy, brambly fruit finish.
“Deep, youthful red/purple colour. The bouquet is fresh and bright, intense and plummy with rich ripe fruit evident above all, and smoky, charcoal, toasted-barrel oak obvious in the background. The wine is rich and dense, full-bodied and opulently flavoured and textured, the finish rolls on and on and the multiplicity of flavours is impressive. Mocha, coffee, toasty caramellised oak, all make a big impact. Yes, it is very oaky, but the wine is also rich and concentrated enough to handle it, and the finish and aftertaste are soft and rich and not oaky-tasting or oak-hardened. A gloriously hedonistic shiraz. Absolutely decadent!” – 97 Points Huon Hooke