Region: Barossa Valley
This is one of my favorite wineries and Langmeil produce some fantastic wines that capture the true essence of the Barossa. With that being said, let’s take a look at this the cheapest straight Shiraz from the prominent Barossa winery.
The Valley Floor Shiraz is referred to as the baby brother of the Flagship 1843 Shiraz. (Which is made from some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world.) Taken from cuttings of the same vines and other aged Shiraz vines around the Region and planted in the Valley Floor of the Langmeil vineyard; the ‘Valley Floor’ Shiraz displays similar characteristics of its bigger brother, albeit a more subdue fruit flavor on the palate and not as much oak characters backing it up.
However, the 2012 vintage tops it’s predecessor, thanks to better conditions than the summer of 2010/2011. I suggest you avoid the 2011 Valley Floor or any Shiraz from the Barossa from the 2011 Vintage due to some terrible weather conditions that hindered what we love about Barossa Shiraz.
The 2012 Vintage displays characters of rich ripe plum and raspberries, so well known to this wine. The fruit is very dominant up front.
Moving onto the palate, and the wine bursts full of ripe fruit with small hints of spice and ceder. This wine is such a subtle ‘medium bodied’ wine that has a nice smooth mouth feel. The tannin structure is only there to keep the wine from becoming too ‘jammy’ and just keeping that big sweet fruit in check. The lingering finish is that of spice and vanilla.
This is a brilliant example of ‘True Barossa Shiraz’, and I like to refer to this wine as my ‘default’ wine. I can always rely on it to satisfy my Shiraz needs year after year. If you love your Shiraz, as I do, then this wine will never seize to disappoint you. For a reasonably priced ‘drink now’ wine, you definitely can’t go wrong.
This wine will keep on drinking for another 10 years. If you want to put it away/ If you can put it away for that long.
The SA Wine Guy