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Lang­meil Free­dom Barossa Val­ley Shi­raz 2006 THE 2006 Free­dom Shi­raz (96 points, $100) is an elo­quent ex­pres­sion of its her­itage as well as some good for­tune. The vin­tage was an un­am­bigu­ously good one in South Aus­tralia (and the Barossa) but rain did cause prob­lems in the first week of April. The Free­dom was picked on March 29, beat­ing the rain, but the fer­menters are open to the air and sky alike. Hastily bor­rowed tar­pau­lins saved the day for a wine crammed with masses of black­berry, licorice and dark chocolate, its struc­ture un­der­writ­ing a 30-year min­i­mum fu­ture. www.lang­meil­win­ery.com.au. James Hal­l­i­day

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