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2016 Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz

2016 Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz

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$317.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

14.5%
Cellar to 2033
Barossa Valley
2016
750ml
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$317.94
14.5%
Cellar to 2033
Barossa Valley
2016
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • 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 North Para River. We called these ten rows the “Orphans”, but after 150 years they have a new home.

    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. The family’s vision is to highlight the rare qualities of old vine Shiraz using hands-on winemaking techniques. Gentle destemming, open fermentation, basket pressing and two years' maturation in French oak barrels accentuate the natural fruit intensity and structure.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • We are getting used to sampling earlier each year, and 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 (except our Eden Valley vineyard which was hit by frost on 1 December, yes, December!).

    Followed by mild, late summer weather, both growers and winemakers were happy to see another solid vintage tucked away. By early March 70% of our 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.

    We finished harvest with our 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. Bring it on!
    Paul Lindner, Chief Winemaker

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Deep crimson with purple hues. A rich bouquet of red and blue fruits, herbs and cedar, entwine with hints of sage, chocolate and savoury notes. Rich and juicy raspberry and Satsuma plum fill the mouth, with allspice sweetness adding to the mouthfeel. The fruit is well balanced with hints of briary spice and textural, fine-grained tannins on the lengthy finish.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • 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.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 96 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    87% Barossa Valley, 13% Eden Valley, the vines with an average age of 70+yo. Matured in French hogsheads (49% new) for 25 months. The wine has an unexpected elegance to its blend of black and purple fruits. Very good length and balance.

    94 POINTS

    DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2019 - SILVER


    Savoury tobacco and cocoa aromas, with dried red plum notes and ripe tannins. Developing nicely, with a lovely texture.

    94 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    A very rich and classically styled shiraz that has a big, blackberry and red-plum fruit statement on the nose with chocolate and toasted spices. The palate is deep, plush and very vibrant with intense plum and blackberry flavors. Try from 2022.

    94 POINTS

    JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE


    A nearly sure-fire crowd-pleaser, the 2016 Orphan Bank Shiraz marries taut, red-berried fruit with elegant overtones of cedar and mint. It's full-bodied but retains lovely tension and freshness while delivering concentrated red raspberries, currants, even hints of cranberries. The tannins are ripe but noticeable, imparting silky but firm edges that channel the fruit into a long, mouthwatering finish.

    92 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Deep, dark red/purple colour, with a more spicy kind of nose, a suggestion of ginger perhaps, and quite complex for its age, but also backed with a slather of smoky toasted oak. Full-bodied but also has a touch of elegance. The tannins are ample and soft.