The probably oldest Shiraz vines in the world that are still in production today go into The Freedom 1843 Shiraz, presumably from Langmeil -Founder Christian Auricht personally planted in 1843. This once fled from war and religious persecution from Silesia to the Barossa Valley in Australia and found freedom here, hence the name "The Freedom 1843".
Of course, over the years dead vines were replaced replacing the vines for this wine to have an average age of a whopping 125 years. The small yield of these old vines leads to a highly concentrated and aromatically very complex top-quality wine, which is one of Australia's wine icons.
The 2019 vintage was characterized by frost in spring and drought in summer, which resulted in very small yields of highly concentrated healthy berries. Since the 176-year-old vines only produce small quantities anyway, this wine is particularly rare. Ab Weingut has long been sold out. This vintage came 45% in new French barriques and 55% in used French barrels. The resulting noble wood influence is complemented by fruit aromas of ripe blackberries, spices and cedar. On the palate it is extremely powerful, complex and playful, the length in the final is impressive. A very special wine.
|Drink:||now until 2036|
|Analysis:||14.5% alc. vol.; 2.4 g / L residual sugar|
|Wine maturing:||24 months in to 45% new French barriques|
|Grape variety:||100% Shiraz (= Syrah )|
|Reviews:||95/100 Parker's Wine Advocate (vinteg 2019), 94/100 James Halliday (vintage 2014)|
|Wine type:||dry red wine|
Bottled by: Cnr Langmeil & Para Roads, Tanunda SA 5352, Australia
Produced in Australia - contains sulphites