Langmeil Winery, for Wine Lovers Everywhere
It’s Valentines day and love is in the air! Love for wine that is. Our good friend and partner in wine Ailla Avery will be in store to make you fall in love with these beautiful Australian Wines from Langmeil winery. Ailla is a veteran of the wine industry. She has been focused on Australian wines for over 12 years.
The land on which Langmeil Winery now stands was purchased by a 36 year old German blacksmith, Christian Auricht. He and his family arrived in South Australia in 1838 after emigrating from eastern-central Europe (Silesia) to escape religious persecution.
The property was purchased in 1996 by three local mates whose families have lived in the Barossa Valley for several generations: Richard Lindner, Carl Lindner and Chris Bitter. They restored the remaining old buildings and the village well and beautified the gardens. As a tribute to the early pioneers, the new owners refurbished the old winery and named it Langmeil, after the original village.
In addition, some of Christian Auricht’s original vines still remained, a small patch of 1840s Shiraz, albeit neglected. The most important task was to rescue them. After several months of tender loving care, The Freedom vineyard was successfully revived. The vines are dry grown and hand picked. After careful gardening, Langmeil’s first vintage was harvested in 1997.
Today Langmeil uses open fermenters and basket presses for over half its grape intake of approximately 1000 tonnes. In the main this accounts for all our premium red wines as well as a fair percentage of our other lines. The synergy of new and old world equipment has helped to capture the characteristics in each variety and protect the subtleties of individual vineyards.
Langmeil’s award winning premium range is internationally recognized and has contributed towards the winery being regarded as one of the top premium wine producers in Australia. The young team is dedicated to the success of the winery, driven only by quality in every aspect. Langmeil is a must visit when you are in the Barossa, with stunning grounds and tours showcasing the notable history to thousands of visitors annually.
Langmeil is committed to producing premium Barossa wine of the highest quality and believe that the secret to making a great wine starts in the vineyard, by producing grapes of the highest quality using well managed ecologically sustainable practices.
Langmeil owns a number of predominantly dry grown vineyards and draw on other fruit stock from the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Langmeil is known for its dedication to the preservation of the Barossa’s heritage, environment and history and this is reflected in the restoration and maintenance of its properties.
They use sustainable viticulture practices to ensure the vineyard remains in balance with nature. This, in conjunction with the use of minimal sprays, is consistent with the approach towards sustainable best practice.
Langmeil, Barossa Grenache The Fifth Wave, 2015 :: $45 $40
The Fifth Wave is Langmeil’s most treasured Old Vine Garden Grenache and is dedicated to the fifth generation of the Lindner family. Planted in the middle of the last century, The Fifth Wave is their ‘call to arms’ to protect, preserve and celebrate the best of the Barossa. Once a neglected Old Vine Garden in Lyndoch, The Fifth Wave vineyard was rejuvenated by Langmeil and in 1999 winemaker Paul Lindner saw the potential of the Grenache from this unique vineyard and with tenacity convinced the owners to produce a straight varietal, in all likelihood the first time Grenache from this time honored Old Vine Garden had been truly prized.
It’s medium depth crimson with purple hues and has dark cherry and raspberry fruits that mingle with sweet and peppery spice. Vanilla and hints of chocolate add to the complexity with a little menthol lift. Ripe, red berry and dark cherry flows onto the palate, melding into lovely sweet and briary spice. The finish lingers on a fruitful, chocolate and spicy note with typical chalky yet fine tannin.
Langmeil, Barossa Valley GSM Three Gardens, 2013 :: $21 $19
Old Barossa vignerons referred to their vineyards as gardens. The Three Gardens is a contemporary blend of Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache – traditional varieties grown in the Barossa since the 1840s. The best characteristics of each variety have been chosen to create this unique premium red blend.
This wine is medium depth crimson with a little purple hues. Ripe red fruits and black cherry fill the nostrils with mocha, subtle savoury and white pepper hints adding to the complexity. Its bright and juicy fruit coats the palate and is well balanced with peppery and sweet spice. Medium bodied in structure with good complexity and lovely silky tannins which flow through the fruitful pepper and spice finish.
Langmeil, Barossa Valley Shiraz Viognier Hangin’ Snakes, 2015 :: $21 $19
Langmeil’s desire to make wines of interest and pedigree encouraged the Shiraz Viognier blend. It signifies a change on regional style and helps to highlight other key attributes of Shiraz. Wine made for the dinner table and to be shared with family and friends. It is medium depth crimson with purple hues. A rich and lifted perfume of violets and blue fruits jump out of the glass with hints of raspberry jam and herbal notes adding to the complexity. Ripe and juicy berries flow onto the medium bodied palate with soft and velvety tannins adding a lovely structure and texture to the wine while sweet and briary spice balances the juicy fruit through to the finish.
Langmeil, Valley Floor Shiraz, 2014 :: $32 $28
The Barossa is famous for its viticulture, history and winemaking dating back to the 1840s. At its heart is the Valley Floor, a highly-prized strip of prime viticultural land which is the very foundation and forms the essence of this wine. A true taste of the Barossa. Local knowledge has helped select and secure prized Shiraz across the breadth and depth of the Barossa while retaining the foundation fruit from the Valley Floor. The combination of hands-on winemaking and vineyard diversity results in pure Barossa Shiraz. This is why the Valley Floor Shiraz has received the Barossa Trust Mark.
It is a medium to deep crimson with purple hues and rich lifted aroma of Satsuma plum and mulberry mingle with sweet spice, chocolate hints and savoury tones. Rich, sweet and spicy fruit in balance with velvety yet youthfully austere tannins. A complex, medium to full bodied wine showing hints of mocha and vanilla, which flow through to the lengthy, fruitful, pepper and spice finish.
Need we say more? We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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