2015 Langmeil Shiraz The Freedom 1843 Ancestor Vine

Year: 2015
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 96
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"Charming, oozing with dark chocolate, gingerbread, plush framboise and black cherry flavors. The tannins are plump and fleshy, offering details of espresso, clove and tobacco, gaining momentum on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2030. 80 cases imported. -MW" (WS)

"One of the treasures of the Barossa Valley is this Shiraz vineyard in Tanunda, planted in 1843. Langmeil's 2015 The Freedom 1843 Shiraz is a rich, opulent example of Barossa Shiraz, loaded with blueberry, blackberry and plum fruit, buttressed by just the right amount of soft, creamy oak. Full-bodied yet lively, it has a deftness to its feel that makes it all too easy to drink. While it's mostly about ripe fruit and vanilla oak at this point, these wines consistently acquire more savory complexity over time while retaining their lovely textures.

The top-shelf wines from brothers James and Paul Lindner at Langmeil continue to impress for their quality and consistency. The spotlight will always shine brightest on The Freedom 1843 Shiraz, simply because of the age of the vines, but all of these current releases are solid." (WA)

"One of the oldest plots in the region. The oak casts a resinous layer over the aromas of plum cake, raisins, blackberries and dried purple flowers. The palate delivers rich blackberry flavors, smooth and ultra-ripe tannins. Drink or hold. Screw cap." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Langmeil is home to The Freedom Shiraz vineyard, which we believe was planted in 1843 by vigneron Christian Auricht. Escaping war and persecution in Prussia, Auricht travelled to his new homeland, finding Freedom in the Barossa Valley. His original plantings survive to this day and at 171 years old are some of the oldest and rarest vines in the world.