Old Vine Garden Wines
Langmeil Winery's commitment is not only shown in our dedication to the resurrection of our own Old Vine Gardens, but also visible in our support of our loyal growers who are custodians to some very special parcels of Barossa history. Site specific characteristics and micro-climates assist in creating the uniqueness of the Barossa's Old Vine Gardens and are highlighted in single vineyard wines. Regional Barossa blends from these old gardens provide the winemaking team with a cross section of developed flavour profiles to showcase.
Using techniques such as only gently destemming the hand harvested fruit rather than crushing, open fermentation and basket pressing, with completely no fining or filtration, Paul and the winemaking team ensure the full potential of the fruit is captured with old-fashioned minimal handling but labour intensive techniques.
This assortment of wines is our personal expression of the best of our Old Vine Garden fruit from our beloved Barossa, and we trust that you take as much pleasure in tasting, drinking and cellaring them as we do growing and making them.
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The old vines for this single vineyard dry Riesling wine are planted on a unique Eden Valley property affectionately known as Wattle Brae for the native trees that resided there upon early settlement. Today it is a cherished Langmeil-owned vineyard dedicated to bringing the best out of variety and region.
The Fifth Wave is Langmeil’s most treasured Old Vine Garden Grenache and is dedicated to the fifth generation of the Lindner family. Planted in the middle of the last century, The Fifth Wave is our ‘call to arms’ to protect, preserve and celebrate the best of the Barossa. Once a neglected Old Vine Garden in Lyndoch, The Fifth Wave vineyard was rejuvenated by Langmeil and in 1999 winemaker Paul Lindner saw the potential of the Grenache from this unique vineyard and with tenacity convinced the owners to produce a straight varietal, in all likelihood the first time Grenache from this time honoured Old Vine Garden had been truly prized.
Jackaman’s vineyard is Langmeil’s finest and rarest Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in the 1960s during the Cabernet revolution in the Barossa. This vineyard was lovingly tended by the colourful Barossan Arthur Jackaman, a World War II paratrooper, boxer and butcher who in retirement passed his small plot into Langmeil’s care.
Cabernet increased dramatically in the 1950s and ‘60s bringing with it a new vision and direction for the Barossa. From its proud fortified wine heritage, it helped inspire the Barossa’s future as a premium dry red region.
Orphan Bank is testament to Langmeil’s commitment to preserving old and rare Barossa vineyards. Ten rows of Shiraz planted pre-1860 were saved from the developer’s bulldozer and replanted alongside the original Langmeil vineyard on the banks of the River Para. We called these ten rows the “Orphans” but after 150 years they have a new home.
Langmeil is home to The Freedom Shiraz vineyard, which we believe was planted in 1843 by vigneron Christian Auricht. Escaping war and persecution in Prussia, Auricht travelled to his new homeland, finding Freedom in the Barossa Valley. His original plantings survive to this day and at 172 years old are some of the oldest and rarest vines in the world.
Pure Eden is a single site wine, made from an Eden Valley vineyard planted by Charles Angas in the 1890s. Later owned by the Shiltons 1911–1926; Meakins 1926-1929; Roeslers 1929-1961; Andretzkes 1961-2011 and now the Lindner family, this wine is a reward of these guardians’ efforts over a hundred years.