|Wine||Langmeil “The Freedom”|
|Fermentation||24 Months in 75% New and 25% Used French Oak|
|Soil Type||Dark, rich loam over limestone & Ironstone and red clay.|
|Wine Maker||Paul Lindner|
Well my wine loving friends it has been a very long time between posts. I would love to present something new to you, but I have not been out and about too much as of late. So, I bring you something special instead, from a winery that hosts some, (if not) the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. (Getting on for 174 years.) Langmeil wines have a special place in my heart, and it stems from this wine that I am reviewing for you this evening. We must travel back to 2007 when I came across their 2005 vintage Freedom Shiraz and was blown away. This was the first time I had experienced a flagship wine, and I was not at all disappointed. Langmeil wines fortunately offered tastings across their whole range and at no cost at their cellar door. Needless to say, I walked out with a bottle of 2005 Freedom Shiraz that day and a relationship was born.
Now let me move onto the 2009 vintage, which I ended up opening last weekend to accompany a fantastic Fillet Steak at Le Mistral.
Colour: Medium to dark crimson with maroon/purple hues.
Aroma: It is intense from the crack of the cap to the time it spent in the decanter. You could just tell this wine was going to be rich and full bodied. Satsuma Plum just gets carried away and although when I was sitting near the kitchen with all other aromas around, this was the prominent one coming to me within the glass. Not many wines can do this. This one definitely can. Nuances of blueberry and mulberry come on through. And although it sees new oak, it does not at all transcend to the aroma of the wine. Old vines produce exceptionally low yielding, yet, rich fruit parcels and this truly does reign true for this wine. There are nuances of fruit spice and crushed violets to round out an exceptional bouquet.
Palate: Full. Luscious and rich. Fine soft silky tannins, the wine itself is plump and juicy, oozing with dark fruit and depth. The wine is magnificently well defined, and quintessentially, Barossa Valley. Like the aroma, you wouldn’t think that this wine has spent a vast time away in new oak. The fruit is packing a punch that the oak merely contains everything and offers very little in terms of its own characteristics. With a little age, the finish is starting to show some tertiary flavours of marmalade and fruit cake spice. Though there is still plenty of youth in this wine up front that will see it last another decade plus in the cellar.
I think I will be hard pressed to come across a Freedom vintage that I will not like. This is pure Barossa Valley Shiraz. It is absolutely no nonsense, nor is it, or will it ever be pretentious and elaborate. It is exactly what good wine should be. A showcase of some of the best sourced Shiraz grapes in the world, where the actual grape is what does the talking in the glass. No flim-flam, no bells and whistles, a pure and fair dinkum exquisite Shiraz. A wine as old as the federation of Australia coupled with its excellent terrior; was there any possibility that this could ever go wrong? This wine is nostalgia.
Drink: 2012 – 2030
The SA Wine Guy