Jackaman’s vineyard is Langmeil’s finest and rarest Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in the 1960s during the Cabernet revolution in the Barossa. This vineyard was lovingly tended by the colourful Barossan Arthur Jackaman, a World War II paratrooper, boxer and butcher who in retirement passed his small plot into Langmeil’s care. Cabernet increased dramatically in the 1950s and ‘60s bringing with it a new vision and direction for the Barossa. From its proud fortified wine heritage, it helped inspire the Barossa’s future as a premium dry red region.
The Lindner family of Langmeil Winery has been immersed in the Barossa’s culture of farming, food, wine and community for six generations. Their commitment to quality in all aspects is unwavering and any wine that bears the Langmeil name represents the family’s pursuit of excellence in wine and community.
In 2016, for the first time, a parcel of Shiraz was nearly booked in for the end of January. Fortunately, timely rain and mild conditions delayed the start of vintage, allowing flavour and colour to catch up with sugar levels. With the dry winter and a slightly warmer spring, favourable flowering and fruit set, yields were generally little above average. Followed by mild, late summer weather, both growers and winemakers were happy to see another solid vintage tucked away.
By early March 70% of the harvest was complete and with another sprinkling of rain, vintage slowed, building flavour in the late-ripening varieties like Grenache and Mataro, as well as excellent results from our Eden Valley reds and whites. They finished harvest with their Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on 15 April. This vintage highlights how tenacious and robust grape vines are, producing good yields and high quality in a dry season (but they cannot sustain dry conditions forever). Fortunately, a more normal winter this year with much-needed rain is refilling the soil and water resources.
Oak Treatment: 33% new and 67% second fill French oak hogsheads
Time in oak: 25 months
Vine age: Planted in 1971
Sub regional Source: Lyndoch
Yeild per acre: 0.5 – 1.5 tonnes per acre
Medium to deep crimson with purple hues. Lifted blackcurrant and blueberry aromas entwine with biscuity French oak, hints of liquorice and more savoury, black olive notes. Bright, juicy and rich blue fruits flow onto the palate which is medium to full-bodied. Briary spice, black olive and cedary hints add to the complexity with a touch of new oak sweetness and silky tannins to add complexity to the fruity and velvety finish.
The site where the Langmeil winery now sits was originally settled by Blacksmith Christian Auricht way back in 1842. Christian went on to establish a bakery, smithy, a butcher's shop and a cobbler as well as planting a 1 hectare vineyard on the estate. This vineyard, still in use today, has been called the Freedom 1843 block and is believed to be one of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in the world. Flash forward 160+ years and the Langmeil winery and vineyard is back in family hands, with Carl Lindner, Richard Lindner and Chris Bitter now owning this historic Barossan estate. Like many Barossan estates with a bent for traditional full bodied reds, Langmeil prefers open fermenters and basket presses, utilising these fabulously archaic methods for over half its grape intake of approximately 1000 tonnes. In a similar vein, the wines are only minimally handled and minimally filtered before bottling in an attempt to preserve natural flavour and complexity.
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2019 - GOLD
A well made, heady and complex red with aromas of herbs and chocolate. Sexy and seductive, this is a very mouth-coating, rich and caramel-salty-style with supreme concentration and poise. Kudos.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2016 Jackaman's Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the best vintage I've tasted of this wine, from a year that's rapidly becoming a favorite. Cedar shavings add a note of refinement to this wine's concentrated cassis and mint flavors. It's medium to full-bodied, supple yet structured, with plenty of length to the mouthwatering finish. 93-94 Points
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Vines planted '71, matured in French hogsheads (33% new, 67% second-fill) for 25 months. There's no question about the blackcurrant/black olive/savoury varietal cabernet profile. The French oak isn't hiding, simply standing side by side with the fruit. All up it beats expectations.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Bright, deep, fresh purple/red colour, with a strong toasty oak aroma, some minty lift - possibly from the oak type - and a hint of talcum powder. The wine is vibrant and bright, fresh and linear, with penetrating fruit flavour and focused intensity. It's more fruit-driven to taste than it is to sniff. Lovely fruit sweetness. A quite powerful wine with good structure and length, and also a degree of elegance.
A sturdy and forthright cabernet that has plenty of rich plums and blackcurrants and adds a layer of chocolate and spice, as it builds into a composed, long finish. A sturdy vintage of this wine.