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

Excellent+
$115

Comments

  1. Brad says:

    Hey Shea,

    Where can this be bought? Hopefully not only in the US! While this is getting out of my comfort range for price, I think your description certainly makes it worth the purchase as a truly special occasion wine. Fingers crossed it’s available.

    Brad

  2. Shea says:

    Brad, sorry for the delay. I think you can get these at Liberty (but call to check their prices). Also, the 2008 is at Kits Wine.

  3. Henry says:

    Hi Shea. Long time reader..thought I would comment on your opening line. I can’t comment too much about top shelf Aussie Shiraz dwindling off BC shelves but the more I travel across Canada the more I am convinced that Alberta is the best place to be for this type of wine. Here in Calgary I can drive to several wine shops less than 30 minutes away & pick up this wine, top pinots from the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula, or the best of cool climate shiraz from various first class wineries around Victoria…all at a much lower price. I think part of the reason Aussie wines may be falling out of favor is the herd mentality of most wine critics/blogs I follow that think all Australian wine can be reduced to Yellowtail & Molly Dooker (wine produced mostly for the North American market & certain wine critics but ironically not well recieved in their homeland). While I love northern Rhone Syrah I find I can pick up 2 great bottles of Margaret River Cab, Hunter Valley Semillon, or Grampians shiraz for the same or less money. Australia has so much more to offer than large production fruit bombs, but please don’t rave too much about them…I don’t want the price to start creeping up if they get back in favor.

  4. Shea says:

    Henry,

    You are lucky in Alberta to see such selection. Here it’s all but disappeared. Sounds like I might have to make a trip :).

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