Langmeil “Hangin Snakes” Shiraz
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Why Hangin Snakes? One of Langmeil’s growers Wally Krieg didn’t curse, just as his forbears didn’t, but in the heat of the vintage, he was often heard muttering “Hangin’ Snakes!”
- Langmeil’s desire to make wines of interest and pedigree encouraged the “Hangin Snakes” Shiraz.
- The age of these Shiraz vines is 10-20 years.
- It is sourced from the Dorrien, Bethany, Lights Pass, Tanunda and Moppa Hills subregions.
Varietal Composition: 100% Shiraz
Elaboration: The vines are grown on a single wire permanent arm and double vertical wire rod trellis. The soil is mostly deep red clay over limestone and sand over red clay. The wine is matured in seasoned American and French oak for 10 months.
Tasting Notes: Medium to deep purple in color. Rich and lifted aromas of Satsuma plum, mulberry and florals mingle with sweet spice, chocolate and savory notes. Rich, plumy fruit and sweet spice balanced by soft, velvety tannins. A complex, medium to full bodied wine showing hints of mocha, bramble and vanilla which flow through the long, fruity, peppery and spicy finish.
2015 – 90 Wine Advocate | 90 Vinous
2017 – 90 James Suckling
2019 – 90 Wine Advocate
2021 – 90 Wine Advocate | 90 James Suckling
Langmeil is a blend of Barossa’s cultural beginnings and a family’s modern day commitment to world-class, old vine winemaking. Once a trading village established in 1842, this remarkable place is a captivating pocket of Australia’s wine and vine history that is a must when visiting the Barossa. Owned by the Lindner family, whose own mark on the Barossa spans six-generations of farming, food, community and wine, Langmeil is renowned for its preservation of old vines and the making of distinguished wines from these cherished sites.At the pinnacle of its winemaking is The Freedom 1843 Shiraz, made from what is understood to be the world’s oldest surviving shiraz vineyard believed planted in 1843 at the heart of this historical patch of Barossa earth.
At Langmeil, the Lindner family strives for excellence in both the vineyard and winery, to produce wines that sit amongst the world’s best at prices everyone can afford. The renowned Australian wine writer, James Halliday AM, in his Australian Wine Companion, rates Langmeil a ‘five red star’ winery. In 2014 Langmeil’s flagship wine, The Freedom 1843 Shiraz, joined the prestigious Langton’s Classification VI honour roll in the ‘excellent’ category. Today, Richard, Shirley, Paul and James continue to recognize the efforts of all who have helped shape Langmeil to become the world-class winery it is today.