Shiraz Barossa South Australia
The Orphans are ten rows of seriously old vines Shiraz, planted before 1860 by Langmeil founder Christian Auricht. At the ripe old age of a century and a half, Section 36 in the Hundred of Moorooroo was saved from the developer's bulldozer and reunited with the greater Langmeil flock. The orphans were brought back to their new home, vine by vine with rootballs intact, to join the replantings of Auricht's original Vine Gardens adjacent to the Langmeil wineworks on rich alluvial soils along the banks of Para River.
The Lindner family has been immersed in the Barossa's culture of farming and food, wine and community, for six generations. Their commitment to quality in all aspects of viticulture is unwavering, every bottle bearing the Langmeil label is a guarantee of excellence in wine and good standing among the community. Shiraz berries are selectively hand picked off vines averaging ninety+ years of age, yielding a mere 1 to 1½ tonnes per acre, planted to red clay over lime and ironstone soils or decomposed granite, sandy loams, trellised to single wire. An old world style of traditional vinification is followed by transfer a balance of seasoned and new French oak hogsheads for two years maturation.
Deep crimson with purple hues. Intense and lifted perfume of blue fruits, violets and fine milk chocolate, entwine with hints of sage, celery spice, licorice and Anzac biscuit. A rich, full bodied palate, displaying the luscious fruit characters of the bouquet. Biscuit sweetness marries beautifully with the fruit, flowing onto the finish with sweet and briary spice over lovely textured, fine tannin.