2015 LANGMEIL THE FREEDOM 1843 BAROSSA SHIRAZ
RRP $130 / 2040
It feels lightish at first, but it’s not. As it breathes it builds and builds. Before long, the full size and extent is apparent. This is a monumental red wine, as seamless as it is solid, its folds of sweet coffee and black-berried flavour sweeping through the palate with quite irresistible force. Tannin is brilliantly well handled; its the axis around which the density revolves. This wine doesn’t tilt at or hope for quality, it declares it. CM 14.5% alc.
WINEMAKER Paul Lindner Why is this wine’s fruit source so important?
Langmeil Winery is home of what is believed to be the world’s oldest-surviving shiraz vineyard – the Freedom 1843. It was planted by Christian Auricht who fled religious persecution in his native Germany and sought a new life for his family in Australia. When it comes to expressing the unique character of such an exceptional vineyard, Langmeil Winery’s Paul Lindner prefers traditional winemaking practices. The grapes are handpicked, open fermented and basket pressed before two years’ maturation in specially selected French oak barrels from several coopers. The wine is neither fined nor filtered and preserves the very essence of these historic old vines.