Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz 2004
Australian wine has dropped off the map in North America. In B.C., top bottles from Barossa used to heavily populate the shelves of high end wine sections. It was even once possible to find some of the superb cooler climate examples. Now, Australia’s best sits mostly on a wish list for a future trip south of the equator.
Langmeil’s Freedom Shiraz is a happy exception to this recent dearth of quality Australian juice. This wine is made from some of, if not the, oldest Shiraz vines in the world, planted in 1843. Gnarly hardly does justice to describe these ancient trunks, which have witnessed two world wars and the birth of Canada.
These guys use meticulous methods – hand picking flavour ripe bunches, gentle crushing, open fermentation and basket pressing into new (63%) and older (37%) French Oak barriques for two years.
Ancient Vine, Serious Wine
A wine of camphor, deep brambly dark fruit, and intense game. This wine has the quality of Syrah but with the intense Aussie fruit of Barossa. Its intense umami flavours are equivalent in potency to the intense dark plummy fruits. This must be a characteristic from the sheer age of the vines. A balanced and epic finish portends even greater things in the future. There is no doubt this is amongst the very best Shiraz/syrahs in the world