Langmeil “Hanging Snakes” Shiraz/Viognier

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • Langmeil’s desire to make wines of interest and pedigree encouraged the Shiraz Viognier blend. It signifies a change on regional style and helps to highlight other key attributes of Shiraz.
  • 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!”.

Varietal Composition: 96% Shiraz  4% Viognier

Elaboration: The harvest is hand-picked and delivered to the winery, where they are gently worked through the de-stemmer before being transferred to open fermenters. The juice is pumped over twice a day for seven days to extract, homogenize and regulate temperature before draining and hand loading the basket press by shovel. The skins are then gently pressed for approximately 20 hours to retrieve more of the essence of the grape. The pressings juice is then blended with the free run juice, collected earlier. After each wine destined for barrel has completed its malolactic fermentation, it is matured in new and seasoned American and French oak barrels for 12 to 24 months prior to bottling. Langmeil does not fine its wine and uses only minimal filtration during all stages of wine production to guarantee individuality, quality and longevity.

Tasting Notes: Medium depth crimson with purple hues in color. A rich and lifted perfume of violets and blue fruits jump out of the glass with hints of raspberry jam and herbal notes adding to the complexity. Ripe and juicy berries flow onto the medium bodied palate with soft and velvety tannins adding a lovely structure and texture to the wine while sweet and briary spice balances the juicy fruit through to the finish.

PRESS

2015 – 90 Wine Advocate | 90 Vinous

2017 – 90 James Suckling

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

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.