Story Behind the Wine
Langmeil is home to The Freedom Shiraz vineyard, which is believed to be planted in 1843 by vigneron Christian Auricht. Escaping war and persecution in Prussia, Auricht traveled to his new homeland, finding Freedom in the Barossa Valley. His original plantings survive to this day and at 169 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.
True to the Region ∙ True to the Community ∙ True to Ourselves
2012 Vintage Report
Great winter rains in 2011 saw vines flourish leading into the season ahead. A reasonably mild summer with only a couple of heat spikes meant vintage kicked off to a normal start in the third week of February. Early ripening Shiraz parcels, early picked Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon for Bella Rouge showed the true potential of the vintage. A timely rain at the end of February brought with it a very mild and dry autumn, with lovely cool nights and a more gentle pace for ripening which allowed vintage to run smoothly, ending mid-April with beautifully ripened Eden Valley Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mataro. Overall, quality excelled with all varieties, making classification difficult yet exemplary. Just the way I like it. I’m excited!
Paul Lindner, Chief Winemaker
Colour: Medium depth crimson with purple hues.
Aroma: A rich and intense aroma of ripe Satsuma plum, mocha, and ANZAC cookies mingle with hints of cedar, violets, and sweet spice.
Palate: Sweet, juicy fruit is balanced wonderfully with briary and sweet spice and lovely, silky tannins. A medium-bodied wine showing great complexity with savoury hints, cedar, and biscuit, which, in combination flows through to
the lengthy, fruitful, and spicy finish.
Cellaring: 2014- 2029
For the eight consecutive years, 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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