“169 yr old vines, open-fermented, basket-pressed, 2 years in French oak. A brilliant exposition of elegance and balance: the idea that very old vines produce full-bodied thick fruit is 100% wrong, this has a gloriously juicy palate with both red and black fruits running through an extremely long palate. Mouth-watering purity. You should kneel in the presence of a wine such as this.” 98 points, James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2016
95 Points - The Wine Advocate
"Medium to deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2012 Shiraz 1843 Freedom is profoundly scented of crushed blackberries, black cherries and mulberries with suggestions of cedar, spice box, black pepper and liquorice. Medium to full-bodied, the oak is standing out at this youthful stage though the intensity of fruit and firm backbone of grainy tannins and lively acid suggest this should marry with time and emerge a harmonious wine possessing glorious complexity." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer
Langmeil Winery is located in the Barossa Valley in South Australia and is regarded as one of the countries top wine producers, famous for having some of the world’s oldest producing vineyards. Owners, Richard and Shirley Lindner and their sons Paul (wine maker) and James (sales and marketing) create unique single vineyard wines from the Barossa old vine gardens.
“Langmeil has the oldest vines in Australia (planted 1843) and a team driven by quality in every aspect, and continues to be recognised as one of the top Australian wine producers.” - Jancis Robinson OBE MW
Langmeil is a blend of old, pre phylloxera vines from estate owned vineyards as well as vines from growers in the Barossa region. The commitment to produce 100% Barossa wines means that Paul works closely with all the growers and recommends practices like gentle destemming and hand harvesting to produce an authentic, quality wine.
South Australia is incredibly dry so with little irrigation the old vines push their roots deep in the soil. With careful pruning these old vines maximise their strength and produce fruit of outstanding quality, depth, colour and flavour not found in other irrigated vines.
By keeping individual vineyard parcels separate throughout the winemaking process, Paul can assess each vineyard for consistency and quality in every vintage. He can highlight varietal characteristics and produces well balanced, complex wines year after year.