miércoles, 6 de marzo de 2013

Langmeil The Fifth Wave Grenache, Barossa Valley 2009


LANGMEIL THE FIFTH WAVE GRENACHE, BAROSSA VALLEY 2009

"Medium-deep garnet colored, the 2009 Fifth Wave Grenache presents ripe black cherries and black raspberry notes with underlying hints of game, toast, spice box and underbrush. Very big, full bodied and voluptuous on the palate, it has a very crisp level of acid to lend freshness and medium to firm velvety tannins for support, finishing long and spicy. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2019+". Lisa Perrotti-Brown writes on erobertparker.com" Robert Parker 91 pts

"The Fifth Wave is one of Langmeil's most treasured Old Vine Gardens inspired by the fifth generation of our family in the Barossa. 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. Medium depth crimson with red hues. Dark cherries, marzipan and chocolate aromas mingle with sweet spice, earthy hints, fresh cream and white pepper nuances. Rich, sweet fruit flows onto the palate, melding into lovely sweet and briary spice. The finish lingers on the spicy note with typical chalky and youthfully firm tannins".

"Firm and juicy, this is bright with plum and guava fruit that picks up a hint of lime as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2015". Wine Spectator 88 pts

"Deep red. Redcurrant and dried cherry on the nose, with subtle floral and herbal notes adding complexity. Dry and linear, with light-bodied red berry and floral pastille flavors supported by fine-grained tannins. The redcurrant note repeats on the alluringly sweet finish, which lingers with gentle spiciness. This is drinking very well now" Stephen Tanzer and Josh Raynolds 90 pts

"Mid-garnet; sweet confected raspberry pastille, laced with spice; the palate is warm and unctuous, with a fresh backbone of tannin providing balance". James Halliday 88 pts

- Winery: The site where the Langmeil winery now sits was originally settled by Blacksmith Christian Auricht way back in 1842. Christian went on to establish a bakery, smithy, a butcher's shop and a cobbler as well as planting a 1 hectare vineyard on the estate. This vineyard,still in use today, has been called the FreeD. 1843 block and is believed to be one of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in the world.The modern story began in 1996 when three friends Chris Bitter, Carl Lindner and Richard Lindner - all fourth generation Barossans - started afresh at Langmeil. . The original winery established on the property in the 1930's, closed down in 1988 and lay abandoned and derelict for many years, until the Bitter and Lindner families purchased the property and began a painstaking restoration programme. Vinification of individual vineyard parcels, minimal handling and gentle filtration techniques overseen by Chief Winemaker Paul Lindner ensure extremely well balanced wines with subtle complexities. Langmeil are helping to drive a Barossa trend towards more complex and approachable wines that drink well now, but show their cellaring potential. Like many Barossan estates with a bent for traditional full bodied reds, Langmeil prefers open fermenters and basket presses, utilising this fabulously archaic methods for over half its grape intake of approximately 1000 tonnes. In a similar vein, the wines are only minimally handled and minimally filtered before bottling in an attempt to preserve natural flavour and complexity.

- Vinification: Another Langmeil old vine garden at Lyndoch planted in 1953 is our single site Fifth Wave Grenache. Planted in 1953 on a sandy hillside this old vine garden produces a rare low yielding crop between 1 to 1.5 tonne to the acre. The fruit from this old vine garden continues to be dry grown; hand pruned and handpicked which maximises the vibrancy and intensity of the fruit flavour. The style is again truly Langmeil, and with the philosophy of no fining and no filtration, they preserve and promote the true essence of Grenache from this vineyard site. This wine was matured for 24 months in a combination 12% new and 62% seasoned French oak and 26% seasoned American oak.

- Price: £30

BAROSSA VALLEY - SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Barossa Valley is an extremely important wine-producing region within the Barossa zone of South Australia. A prestigious and internationally renowned region, it is not only home to some of the oldest vineyards and wineries in Australia but produces some of its most recognizable and sought-after brands. The region takes its name from the 'Barossa' ranges and the 'Valley' created by the North Para river, which connects the main towns of Nuriootpa, Tanunda and Lyndoch.

Located at a latitude of 34 degrees south, the region's geography is dominated by valley floors and rolling hills which sometimes reach altitudes where white grapes can be grown without compromising their character. The orowing season gets gradually hotter and drier, with temperatures during the last phase of ripening often reaching more than 95F (35C). This results in vine stress, which, along with a wide diurnal temperature range, helps to concentrate flavors in the grapes.

A striking feature of the Barossa Valley's wine landscape is the presence of very old vines, proudly showcased on many wine labels and during vineyard tours. These yield low quantities of fruit but the grapes are packed with flavor and color and represent some of the best offerings from the region. This part of Australia has never been affected by the phylloxera louse, thanks to strict quarantine laws - hence the age of the vines.

Although the region specializes in many different wines, those based on Shiraz deserve the most attention as no other grape variety matches the grandeur it achieves here. The best wines are rich and dark in color, extremely full-bodied and loaded with ripe, dark fruits with elements of mint and eucalyptus. These are age-worthy wines which acquire tremendous complexity and depth during extended cellaring. Another unmistakable feature of Barossa Valley Shiraz is the velvety and soft tannins attributed to the grapes' phenolic ripeness.

Other prominent grape varieties of the region include Cabernet Sauvianon, Chardonnay, Semillon, Riesling, Grenache and Mourvedre.

Many of Australia's best-known wine names are based in the Barossa Valley, where wineries range from small boutique vineyards to those owned by multi-national corporations.

References: winedirect and wine-searcher

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