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 Langmeil 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.
Medium depth crimson with purple hues. Rich and lifted aromas of Satsuma plum and mulberry mingle with sweet spice, chocolate and savoury notes. Rich, sweet and spicy fruit in balance with soft, velvety tannins. A complex, medium-bodied wine showing hints of mocha, choc-mint and vanilla, which flow through to the lengthy, fruity, peppery and spicy 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.
RALPH KYTE-POWELL - THE REAL REVIEW
A deeply-coloured shiraz made in the classic big-flavoured, oak-influenced Barossa style, but without excesses. Ripe, earthy aromas of dark berry and plum-like fruit are touched by hints of sweet spices, mint and a good measure of high-toned, vanillin oak. It's medium-bodied, intense in flavour and well-balanced by lively acidity and measured tannins, finishing long with a light, minty fragrance
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
86% Barossa Valley, 14% Eden Valley, from vines up to 100yo, the harvest stretch for 2 months (8 Mar to 5 May), matured for 24 months in new American oak and used American and French hogsheads. Very much the glass half full - hollows out on the back-palate.