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Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley , Barossa , Australia
  • JH 95
  • ST 94
  • RP 94
  • WS 90
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Winemaker Notes

Very deep crimson in color. Satsuma plum and blueberry perfume, typical of this old vine wine, emanate from the glass with wisps of smoke, savory gamey notes and lovely biscuit characters. The aromas flow onto the palate beautifully with extra Briary Spice cutting through the sweet fruit. A rich mouth feel with velvety fine tannins extending the finish and add to the slightly savory, earthy complexity.

Critical Acclaim

JH 95
Australian Wine Companion

The extreme age of the vines (oldest in SA) manifests itself as much in the length as the depth of the wine, but also manages to carry the alcohol; medium-bodied, and highly polished tannins after two years in 70% new French oak.

ST 94
International Wine Cellar

Bright ruby. Explosively perfumed bouquet combines boysenberry, potpourri, minerals and fresh flowers; this could scent a room. Fleshy dark berry fruit demonstrates liqueur-like depth and richness without coming across as sweet, and vibrant minerality helps to extend the flavors. The finish refuses to let up, eventually leaving vibrant red and dark berries and zesty minerals in its wake.

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RP 94
The Wine Advocate

The 2005 Shiraz "1843 Freedom" comes from a dry-grown vineyard planted in 1843 which is believed to be the oldest surviving pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines in Australia. The wine was aged for 24 months in 70% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Purple-colored, it gives up a sexy perfume of pain grille, smoke, violets, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Surprisingly light on its feet, the wine is full-flavored, opulent, and very long. Give it 5-7 years to blossom fully and drink this hedonistic effort through 2025.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Ripe, round and expressive. A complex range of flavors hang easily on a sleek frame, with cherry, boysenberry, roasted red pepper and savory accents that play themselves out harmoniously. This finishes well, but not quite as expressively as it might. Drink now through 2015. 500 cases made.


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Langmeil, Barossa Valley, Australia
The land on which Langmeil Winery now stands was purchased by a 36 year old German blacksmith, Christian Auricht. He and his family arrived in South Australia in 1838 after emigrating from eastern-central Europe (Silesia) to escape religious persecution.

Christian planted his first acre of vines on the estate. The variety was Shiraz and the vines are still producing fruit today. Auricht's old vineyard is the source of Langmeil Winery's single vineyard Shiraz. This... View More