Old Barossa vignerons referred to their vineyards as gardens. The Three Gardens is a contemporary blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, varieties which have been grown in the Barossa since the 1840s. The best characteristics of each variety have been combined to create a truly harmonious wine.
Despite a later than anticipated start and an earlier than usual finish, the
2018 compressed harvest produced wines of deep colour, flavour and balance across the board.
35% Grenache, 34% Shiraz, 31% Mourvedre.
Matured for 12 months in seasoned oak.
Medium depth crimson with purple hues. Ripe red fruits and black cherry on the nose with mocha, subtle savoury and herbal notes adding complexity. The bright and juicy fruits coat the palate and are balanced by pepper and sweet spices. Medium-bodied in structure with great complexity and lovely silky tannins which flow through the 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.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
I like gardens, so nice for eating cucumber sandwiches and drinking gin, but I hate maintaining them, not least mowing them. Imagine having three of the buggers! Spice and chocolate, blackberry and raspberry, subtle dried herb, mint, and earthiness. Medium bodied, mixed berries, spice and a little tar, smooth mouth-coating powdery tannin, juiciness, but kind of savoury too. Finish shows some dried mint and subtle oak. Tasty. 2019-07-19