Langmeil Orphan Bank Shiraz 2006
The colour is a very deep crimson with purple hues. Satsuma plum, blue fruits and mulberry dominate the aroma with smoky hints and creamy vanilla to complete the picture.
The aroma then flows onto the palate with briary and sweet spice balancing the sweet fruit. Rich and full bodied yet quite elegant, this wine displays fine, soft tannins and good acidity creating a long, fruitful and slightly toasty finish.
Destined for destruction to make way for housing, ten rows of 140 year old Shiraz vines were rescued by Langmeil and transplanted, thus preserving part of the Barossa’s heritage.
These orphans are not without relatives. They share a common ancestry with the 1843 Freedom vineyard, having been planted in the 1800’s on what was then the same allotment: section 36, Hundred of Moorooroo.
In August 2006, and again in June 2007, the vines were transplanted one at a time to a fertile patch of land on the banks of the North Para River adjacent to the winery’s Freedom 1843 Shiraz vineyard.
The wine from these gnarled and twisted Shiraz vines is matured for two years in carefully chosen seasoned American (87%) and seasoned French (13%) oak. It is then bottled without fining and filtration to ensure the true essence of the Barossa is captured. Sealed with a screw cap ensures that the wine, once opened, is as the winemaker intended.
91 points: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Jay Miller)
90 points: James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion
Langmeil Winery - 5 Stars, James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2006 - 2011
Jay Miller, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Orphan Bank Shiraz was sourced from vines over 100 years of age and aged for 24 months in used French and American oak. Purple in color, the nose reveals smoke, pencil lead, mineral, blackberry, and blueberry muffin. Full-bodied on the palate, it has outstanding depth, savory, spicy black fruit flavors, and a lengthy finish." 91 points
James Halliday: "Crimson-red; unusual oriental spice overtones to the fruit, perhaps a reflection of very ripe grapes; a lingering illusion of sweetness on the finish. Screwcap." 90 points.
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". Now imagine if one of the top Bordeaux houses had a 167-year-old vineyard - what price would the wine be?