Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz

Langmeil is a Barossa winery which largely swims under the radar. Yet it is very important in the history of Barossa Shiraz. Its Freedom vineyard is most likely the oldest Shiraz vineyard in the world. In an effort to preserve more old vines, some generations ago, the Lindner family collected old vines and put them together in a vineyard next to the winery. It was named the Orphan Bank. Today I report on the 2013 Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz.  

This wine impressed me on release, and after seven years, I find it a good example of classic Barossa Shiraz. This is a full-bodied wine, but not a monster. It is juicy, with a sweet core of blackberry and plum fruit and a round mouthfeel. Mocca flavours add to complexity. The originally coarse grained tannins have mellowed, and are quite soft now. Maturing for two years in French oak left its mark. The finish is long. 

I find it interesting how really old vines seem to deliver a measured balance which is difficult to find in younger vines full-bodied Shiraz.

Score: 94/++ 

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