eRobertParker.com #199 Feb 2012 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown: Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Orphan Bank Shiraz displays quite an earthy / restrained nose to begin, with moderately intense aromas of black cherries, blackberries and plums plus hints of nutmeg, underbrush, tree bark and tar. Very full bodied and powerful in the mouth, the rich fruit is offset by very crisp acidity and a medium to firm level of grainy tannins. It has a long, slightly warm finish. Drink it now to 2020+.
- 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 - 2020
Orphan Bank is a testament to Langmeil's commitment to preserve Baorssa's old Vine Gardens. Ten rows of our original vigneron Christian Auricht's pre-1860 Shiraz vines were saved from the bulldozer, the 'orphans' replanted alongside Auricht's original vineyards on the banks of the RIver Para at Langmeil's cellars. Deep red crimson with purple hues. Intense, dark fruit and a lifted perfume of violets and raspberry lollies, mingle with fine chocolate, cedary spice and Anzac cookies. A full bodied and rich wine, displaying the luscious fruit caught in the aroma. The biscuit sweetness marries with the fruit wonderfully and flows onto the finish with sweet and briary spice and lovely, textured, fine tannin
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 Jul 31, 2012 - ntense, with sharply focused red plum, raspberry and roasted red pepper flavors that race over refined tannins and persist into the long, vivid finish. Best from 2013 through 2020. 20 cases imported. –HS
Jul/Aug '10 by Josh Raynolds - Bright purple. Black raspberry and cherry preserve aromas are complicated by suggestions of cracked pepper, cola and flowers. Soft, sweet and round, with nicely concentrated dark berry preserve flavors, pliant tannins and an exotic spicy character. The focused, spicy finish repeats the black raspberry note.
his full-bodied, lushly textured wine makes for a sumptuous mouthful of Barossa Shiraz. Two years in French oak has given it a cedary polish, but the fruit is assertive enough to retain center stage. That said, it’s as much savory as it is fruity, with hints of spice and roasted meat lingering on the finish. — J.C. (7/1/2011)
Deep colour; the oak is a dominant force on the bouquet, manifesting itself as mocha and chocolate, with sweet black fruit lying subdued beneath; the palate offers more fruit on entry, but the aggressive oak takes over and continues unabated to the finish. More isn't better.
The wine from these gnarled and twisted Shiraz vines is matured for two years in carefully chosen new and seasoned French oak. It is then bottled without fining and filtration to ensure the true essence of the Barossa is captured. This wine was matured for 24 months in a combination 48% new French oak and 52% seasoned French oak.