2014 Langmeil Winery Valley Floor Shiraz

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The Barossa Valley is famous for its viticulture, history and winemaking dating back to the 1840s. At its heart is the Valley Floor, a highly-prized strip of prime viticultural land which is the very foundation and forms the essence of this wine. A true taste of the Barossa.

Local knowledge has helped us select and secure prized Shiraz across the breadth and depth of the Barossa while retaining the foundation fruit from the Valley Floor. The combination of hands-on winemaking and vineyard diversity results in pure Barossa Shiraz.

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.

A much needed soaking winter and early spring rains led to a great start to the 2014 vintage. This didn’t last as late spring and early summer rain was nearly non-existent, adding to the flow on from the previous season’s drought. Yields were still below average, exacerbated by strong wind events during flowering and very hot conditions in January with 14 consecutive days over 40C. Vintage was looking like a hot, hard and fast one until mid-February, when the heavens opened up and dumped 90ml in the Barossa Valley and 150ml in Eden Valley. Concerns for crop loss were fortunately alleviated as there was minimal grape splitting in the whites and all the reds just said thank you very much. After a three-week delay for grapes to return to previous ripeness levels, the rest of vintage was mild - extending hang time for great flavour development and resulting in a calm and steady intake of great quality fruit. The nice weather broke midway through April and hindered our patience with late ripening Eden Valley Cabernet, so our last crush for the year was the 28th of April. Overall, a very good vintage with a few anxious moments thrown in.
                                                                             Paul Lindner, Chief Winemaker

Colour: Medium to deep crimson with purple hues.
Aroma: A rich and dense aroma of Satsuma plum and raspberries mingle with sweet spice, chocolate hints and savoury tones.
Palate: Rich, sweet and spicy fruit in balance with velvety yet youthfully austere tannins. A complex, medium to full bodied wine showing hints of mocha and vanilla, which flow through to the lengthy, fruitful, pepper and spice finish.
Cellaring: 2016 – 2027

GEOGRAPHIC INDICATOR 86% Barossa Valley/14% Eden Valley
OAK TREATMENT 17% new American oak, 83% old American and French oak hogsheads
TIME IN OAK 24 months
VINE AGE 9 – 100 year-old vines
SUB REGIONAL SOURCE 19 villages covering the Barossa region
YIELD PER ACRE 1.5 – 3 Tonnes per Acre
TRELLISING Mostly single & double wire, rod & spur
SOIL TYPE Multiple sub-regions; ranging from deep sand, red clays, rich loamy soils, decomposed granite, and black clay
HARVEST DETAILS 20th Feb to 17th April

Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.53
TA: 6.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.4 g/L
VA: 0.48 g/L