Langmeil is home to THE FREEDOM Shiraz, planted in 1843 by the original vigneron Christian Auricht, vines which survive to this day. Escaping war and persecution in Prussia, Auricht traveled to his new homeland, from Persecution to Freedom to establish Langmeil.
The Freedom 1843 vineyard is Langmeil's rarest and finest Old Vine Garden. The Freedom, Langmeil's original vineyard, was planted to Shiraz in 1843 by our first vigneron Christian Auricht and his family. Not only has this treasured vineyard survived, but it has thrived in deep alluvial soil alongside the River Para adjacent to Langmeil's cellars. We believe The Freedom 1843 to be the oldest Shiraz vines not only in Barossa and Australia but worldwide.
These 164-year-old vines have survived droughts, floods, bushfires, and man-made disasters like the infamous Government 'Vine Pull' scheme, and are the heart and soul of Langmeil and the Barossa. Time, tide, and fortune have smiled on this most special of old Vine Gardens. Langmeil's Old Vine Gardens are treated as national treasures and are all hand-tended, from pruning to harvesting.
We then employ traditional hands-on winemaking; gentle de-stemming, open fermentation and basket pressing into new (70%) and older(30%) French oak barrels for two years, intended to preserve the integrity of the Freedom 1843 vineyard.
This is the 9th bottling of Freedom 1843 by Langmeil and they are confident it will benefit from further bottle age and decanting.
Langmeil is given the highest James Halliday award 5 Star Plus, James Halliday's 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
For the eighth consecutive year, Langmeil Winery has retained its Five Red Star rating in James Hallidays Australian Wine Companion, placing it in the top 5% of premium Australian winemakers. A Five Red Star rating indicates an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity re-affirming Langmeil's status as one of Australia's finest producers.
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