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Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley 2018 £20.45
LANGMEIL BLACKSMITH CABERNET SAUVIGNON BAROSSA VALLEY
In 1842 a 32-year-old Blacksmith, Christian Auricht, arrived from Prussia with his wife and four children. He settled in the new village of Langmeil and established a forge in what was to become a thriving trading post. His original smithy remains to this day and is a feature of the winery’s heritage setting.
The Lindner family of Langmeil Winery has been immersed in the Barossa’s culture of farming, food, wine and community for six generations. Their commitment to quality in all aspects is unwavering and any wine that bears the Langmeil name represents the family’s pursuit of excellence in wine and community.
2018 VINTAGE REPORT
Plentiful winter rains gave the vines a healthy start to the 2018 growing season. A warmer and drier than average spring hurried things along and early estimates indicated above average bunch numbers in most varieties. Late spring and early summer were relatively mild, resulting in good flowering and fruit set. However, dry conditions continued and both berry size (lowering actual yield) and shoot length were somewhat diminished. Several heat spikes in late January and early February (it’s not a South Australian summer if you don’t have a couple!) interrupted veraison, with the picking of some of our earlier ripening vineyards delayed until the beginning of March (later than expected). Perfect, mild ripening weather followed to the end of April ensuring all Eden Valley parcels achieved full flavour ripeness slightly earlier than forecast. Despite a later than anticipated start and an earlier than usual finish, the compressed harvest produced wines of deep colour, flavour and balance across the board. Another ripper Barossa vintage!
Paul Lindner, Chief Winemaker
Medium to deep crimson with purple hues. A rich and lifted nose of blueberry, blackcurrant and black olive, with a hint of cedar, liquorice and sweet spices adding to the complexity. Bright and rich berry fruits coat the palate and combine with brambly spice, hints of black olive and liquorice. Full-bodied with velvety, fine-grained tannins adding to the structure which flows through the long, fruity and spicy finish. Cellaring: 2020 – 2030
Try with mushroom risotto; braised beef ribs or beef cheeks; duck; hard cheeses.
The Real Review: 91 Points
Deep purple colour, vibrant and imposing. Aromas of blackberries and dark soy, oak is lurking though quiet. Black olives and leathery notes lead the palate. Blackberries, again, hit the middle palate with energy. Acidity is measured and tannins soft. A primary, generous style. Loads of charm and drinkability.
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