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'It’s fresh, soft, concentrated but medium to full-bodied, with very fine tannins and suppleness. The structure is exemplary.'
96 Points - Huon Hooke
Orphan Bank is testament to Langmeil’s commitment to preserving old and rare Barossa vineyards. Ten rows of Shiraz planted pre-1860 were saved from the developer’s bulldozer and replanted alongside the original Langmeil vineyard on the banks of the River Para. We called these ten rows the “Orphans” but after 150 years they have a new home.
A much needed soaking winter and early spring rains led to a great start to the 2014 vintage. This didn’t last as late spring and early summer rain was nearly non-existent, adding to the flow on from the previous season’s drought. Yields were still below average, exacerbated by strong wind events during flowering and very hot conditions in January with 14 consecutive days over 40°C. Vintage was looking like a hot, hard and fast one until mid-February, when the heavens opened up and dumped 90ml in the Barossa Valley and 150ml in Eden Valley. Concerns for crop loss were fortunately alleviated as there was minimal grape splitting in the whites and all the reds just said thank you very much. After a three-week delay for grapes to return to previous ripeness levels, the rest of vintage was mild - extending hang time for great flavour development and resulting in a calm and steady intake of great quality fruit. The nice weather broke midway through April and hindered our patience with late ripening Eden Valley Cabernet, so our last crush for the year was the 28th of April. Overall, a very good vintage with a few anxious moments thrown in.
Colour - Deep crimson with purple hues.
Aroma - A rich aroma of red and blue fruits, herbals and cedar, entwine with hints of sage, chocolate and savoury notes.
Palate - Juicy raspberry and satsuma plum fills the mouth, with oak sweetness adding to the mouthfeel. Sweet fruit is well balanced with briary spice and textured, fine tannin.
Cellaring - 2016 – 2031.
Alc/vol - 14.5%
'A blend of the 'orphan' vines at Langmeil with other grapes including old-vine Eden Valley Shiraz. Deep purple/red hue and a lovely fresh blueberry, smoky, spicy and banana-scented bouquet. A gorgeous nose; the palate is also superb. It’s fresh, soft, concentrated but medium to full-bodied, with very fine tannins and suppleness. The structure is exemplary. It's great to drink already.'
96 Points - Huon Hooke
'A successful blend of a majority of Barossan fruit, together with a good percentage of Eden Valley material, this Cuvee hails from vines in excess of 70yo. Massaged by the whims of time across 24 months in French hogsheads, a solid percentage new, this wine exhibits full throttled dried, dark fruit aromas sewn to a toasty veneer of vanilla pod and coconut notes. Tar, bitter chocolate, anise and cardamon, all wait in the wings. A waft of barbecue infers barrel fermentation, yet the overall impression is of latent power, in an inimitable and traditional Barossa mould.'
94 Points - Ned Goodwin, Wine Companion
'There's some nice fresh blackberry fruit here along with some plums, granite and eucalyptus and ivy character. Full body, fine-grained tannins and a juicy finish. Very succulent. Hard to resist now.'
93 Points - James Suckling
'Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Shiraz Orphan Bank opens with red and black plum notes plus hints of garrigue, underbrush, black pepper, cedar and dried Mediterranean herbs. The medium-bodied palate is finely crafted, delivering youthful red and black fruit notes and an herbal lift, finishing fine and fresh.'
91 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate