Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
This wine is a blend of old and new Shiraz vines scourced from the Barossa's Valley Floor,complementing the different flavours which are sourced from individual vineyard's. The age of the vines range from 120, 70, 50 and younger vine parcels. They are hand selected from low yielding, minimally irrigated vineyards with exceptional soil and characteristics.
This wine is a classic example of honest traditional Barossa Shiraz. Ripe, rich plummy and dark cherry fruit with earthy tones and hints of spice, it displays fine toasty oak tannins resulting in a medium to full-bodied wine with an exquisite soft dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion - "Deep colour; medium-bodied, but is rich and generous in flavour, the tannins and oak supporting the perfectly ripened plum and blackberry fruit."
International Wine Cellar - "Youthful purple color. Exotically perfumed, expansive bouquet of blackberry, Asian spices, dried flowers and smoky minerals. Sappy dark berry flavors show a liqueur-like quality but are enlivened by nervy minerality and firmed by silky tannins. An initially subtle vanilla element gains strength with air, adding sweetness to the long, juicy finish. Leaves a zesty, spicy quality behind."
The land on which Langmeil Winery now stands was purchased by a 36 year old German blacksmith, Christian Auricht. He and his family arrived in South Australia in 1838 after emigrating from eastern-central Europe (Silesia) to escape religious persecution.
Christian planted his first acre of vines on the estate. The variety was Shiraz and the vines are still producing fruit today. Auricht's old vineyard is the source of Langmeil Winery's single vineyard Shiraz. This rare wine commemorates the pioneering spirit of the first settlers and, because of their willingness to endure so much hardship for the right to keep their faith, it has been named The Freedom 1843 Shiraz. The vineyard is believed to be one of the oldest known surviving Shiraz vineyards in the world (pictured here).
The property was purchased in 1996 by three local mates whose families have lived in the Barossa Valley for several generations: Richard Lindner, Carl Lindner and Chris Bitter. They restored the remaining old buildings and the village well and beautified the gardens. As a tribute to the early pioneers, the new owners refurbished the old winery and named it Langmeil, after the original village.
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About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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14 ratings, 7 with reviewsDGAccents - Hammond, LA39/25/2010This was a delicious Shiraz, smooth, rich. It paired very well with a rack of lamb glazed with black bean, carmelized onions and lemon, accompanied by oven roasted veggies and Parmesan and lemon polenta.John Glass - Santa Clara, CA49/2/2011Mary R - Huntersville, NC38/7/201145/18/201127/5/2011Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ410/13/2010Patricia Piazza - Fairfax, VA411/27/2010A very rich, smooth enjoyable Aussie Shiraz. Great w/ribs.48/13/2010I shared this bottle with company, and it was a big hit.411/5/2008As you have probably noticed, I love the Australian reds, and am particularly partial to the Barossa Valley. This is an excellent example of the very best the Barossa Valley has to offer, and at the price, I can't help but suggest you buy several bottles if at all possible. Very fruity with more than a hint of spice, it has a full-bodied and earthy backbone. You'll enjoy this from start to fine, fine finish!56/2/2010Outstanding wine, excellent price/value. Complex, Long Finish.48/12/2010Nice finish. Not acidic.Todd Stover - Shawnee Mission, KS48/29/2010Great wine for the price.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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