2009 Langmeil "The Freedom 1843" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Complex, aromatic and polished, this Shiraz is dark and dense, brimming with black cherry, licorice, black olive and cocoa flavors in a gleaming package of silky-smooth texture, oozing into the extended and expressive finish. Drink now through 2019.
As is often the case with very old vines, elegance and restraint are the key; bright and fragrant red fruits are underpinned by a splash of mocha, licorice and olive; the palate is fine and silky, long and complex, with a fine core of acidity and minerals adding to the story.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Produced from a single vineyard of 1843 vines, the 2009 The Freedom 1843 has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and complex, earthy aromas of freshly tilled loam, dried leaves, potpourri, blackberry preserves, mulberries, allspice, anise and dark chocolate with hints of yeast extract and black truffles. Medium to full bodied and elegantly fruited, it’s still a little tight-knit on the palate with a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins, refreshing acid and a good long finish. Consider drinking this 2014 to 2024.
Dark, vibrant crimson. Tea leaf and lusciousness. Ripe and salty and fruity and true. Remarkably voluptuous texture. Fresh, almost mintiness. Mountain stream cleanliness. Impressive! 17.5/20 points.