Langmeil The Fifth Wave Grenache 2015  £32.95


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LANGMEIL THE FIFTH WAVE GRENACHE 

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. All Langmeil’s Old Vine Gardens are treated as national treasures and are all hand tended, from pruning to harvesting. We then employ traditional hands-on winemaking; gentle de-stemming, open fermentation and basket pressing into 100% seasoned French oak barrels, without fining or filtration, to capture the true essence of the variety and region.

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.

Good winter rains and warmer temperatures in early spring brought about slightly earlier budburst and excellent shoot growth. A lovely growing season with no crazy, stormy or very windy northerly weather to affect flowering resulted in a great fruit set across all varieties. However, the northern Barossa, and a few other seemingly random patches of vineyard, were hit by late frosts resulting in a huge loss for that sub region. After a quite chilly Christmas and New Year the warm and dry weather was upon us, perfect ripening weather. An early and fast vintage for the Barossa Valley had Langmeil at full fermentation capacity for three and a half weeks meaning 75% of our grape intake in less than a month, phew! The later ripening varieties like Grenache and Mataro still took their time and of course Eden Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are always late, so vintage soon wound down to a leisurely pace ending in the middle of April. Overall 2015 was an excellent vintage with great flavour, colour and intensity across the board

On the nose, this wine has dark cherry and raspberry fruits which mingles with sweet spice, vanilla and hints of chocolate with a little menthol lift. Ripe, red berry and dark cherry flow onto the palate, melding into lovely sweet and briary spice. The finish lingers on a fruitful, chocolate and spicy note with typical chalky yet fine tannin.


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Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The Wine Advocate

"Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Grenache Fifth Wave is redolent of kirsch, raspberry tart and red currant jelly with hints of garrigue, Chinese five spice and red roses. Full-bodied, opulent and full-on gorgeous in the mouth, it delivers buckets of rich, red, spicy fruit with velvety tannins and a refreshing line, which carries off the long finish."

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