eRobertParker.com #199 Feb 2012 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown: Produced from a single vineyard of 1843 vines, the 2009 The Freedom 1843 has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and complex, earthy aromas of freshly tilled loam, dried leaves, potpourri, blackberry preserves, mulberries, allspice, anise and dark chocolate with hints of yeast extract and black truffles. Medium to full bodied and elegantly fruited, it’s still a little tight-knit on the palate with a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins, refreshing acid and a good long finish. Consider drinking this 2014 to 2024.
- Country: Australia
- Wine Region: South Australia
- Wine Area: Barossa Valley
- Wine Maker: Paul Lindner
- Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
- Grape Percentage: 100%
- Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2030
The Freedom is Langmeil's first and foremost vineyard. A small block of Shiraz planted by Christian Auricht and his family in 1843, not only survive, but thrive on the banks of the North Para River, adjacent to our winery. Since the Bitter and Lindner families re-established the abandoned vineyards and winery in 1996, we have vinified the Freedom 1843 separately from other Shiraz at Langmeil. These thick trunked, dry grown, low yielding, gap toothed old vines, which we believe to be the oldest surviving Shiraz in Australia, are guided through the cellars in their 164th vintage by fifth generation family winemaker, Paul Lindner. Medium to deep red crimson with purple hues. Intense aromas of Satsuma plum and blue fruits with creamy and toasty hints and a lovely lift of violet perfume. Juicy, bright Satsuma plums liven up the palate with briary and sweet spice adding to the complexity. Silky tannins and blue fruits flow through to the finish with a hint of orange zest
The site where the Langmeil winery now sits was originally settled by Blacksmith Christian Auricht way back in 1842. Christian went on to establish a bakery, smithy, a butcher's shop and a cobbler as well as planting a 1 hectare vineyard on the estate. This vineyard,still in use today, has been called the FreeD. 1843 block and is believed to be one of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in the world.The modern story began in 1996 when three friends Chris Bitter, Carl Lindner and Richard Lindner - all.. read more
Issue July 31, 2012 - Complex, aromatic and polished, this Shiraz is dark and dense, brimming with black cherry, licorice, black olive and cocoa flavors in a gleaming package of silky-smooth texture, oozing into the extended and expressive finish. Drink now through 2019. 20 cases imported. –HS
Jul/Aug 2010 by Josh Raynolds - Opaque ruby. Intensely perfumed scents of boysenberry and blackcurrant, smoky herbs, violet and oak spice, along with a pungent mineral undertone. Broad, palate-staining dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are complicated by notes of candied flowers and spicecake, with velvety tannins adding support. Expands on the finish, leaving behind lush black and blue fruit notes. Richer than the 2006 that I tasted last year and more accessible at the same stage. These are reportedly among the oldest vines in Australia, planted, as the name suggests, 167 years ago.
Named for the year the vineyard was planted, this is a full-bore Barossa fruit bomb—in a positive way. Waves of lush berry fruit are framed by hints of vanilla and mint in this full-bodied, creamy-textured wine that somehow manages to retain a sense of elegance and proportion. — J.C. (2/1/2012)
As is often the case with very old vines, elegance and restraint are the key; bright and fragrant red fruits are underpinned by a splash of mocha, licorice and olive; the palate is fine and silky, long and complex, with a fine core of acidity and minerals adding to the story.
Traditional winemaking Langmeil’s style; hand picking flavour ripe bunches, gentle crushing, open fermentation and basket pressing into new (63%) and older (37%) French Oak barriques for two years, intended to preserve the integrity of the Freedom 1843 vineyard. This is the 12th bottling of the Freedom 1843 by Langmeil, and we are confident it will benefit from further bottle age and decanting.