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Continuing to set the benchmark, this is the 2008 release of Langmeil's 1843 Freedom Shiraz.
Grape Varieties: Syrah/Shiraz
Style: Rich, complex
Drink By: 2040
97 points: James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion
94 points: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
Langmeil are sitting on a bit of Australian wine heritage - a three and a half acre vineyard that was planted in 1843 called "The Freedom", believed to be the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Now imagine if one of the top Bordeaux houses had a 167-year-old vineyard - what price would the wine be?
Very deep crimson with purple hues, this rich Shiraz is staggeringly complex on the nose. Satsuma plum, raspberry and hints of blue fruits mingle deliciously with cedar wood, biscuity characters and hints of toasty French oak.
Rich and velvety sweet fruit coats the palate with lovely fine French oak tannins adding to the structure. Hints of briary spice adds to the complexity and with good acidity, the balance is created which carries on through the long and fruitful finish.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion: "Fractionally more developed colour than Orphan Bank; likewise picked before the heat and with exceptional depth, richness and intensity to its multifaceted and layered aromas and flavours; open-fermented, basket-pressed and matured for two years in two-thirds new French barriques. Excellent tannins. Both wines have wonderful drive and length." 97 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 The Freedom 1843 Shiraz is from the old single vineyard and was matured in 63% new French hogsheads and barriques for 24 months. Deep garnet-purple in color, it gives a profoundly earthy / gamey nose with an undercurrent of anise, moss covered bark, espresso, black cherry and Chinese dried plum. The full-bodied palate is opulently fruited, complex and beautifully balanced with high acid, firm fine tannins and a long spicy finish." 94 points
Traditional winemaking Langmeil style; hand picking flavour ripe bunches, gentle crushing, open fermentation and basket pressing into new (70%) and older (23%) French oak barriques for two years, intended to preserve the integrity of the Freedom 1843 vineyard.
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion has rated Langmeil Winery with five stars, placing it amongst the very top echelon of Australian Wineries.
ALLOCATION WINE: This is an allocation wine, a wine where demand substantially exceeds availability of supply due to limited production or rarity of vintage. Rather than mark-up to reflect this rarity, we simply reserve the right to exclude this wine from headline price promotions.
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