2010 Langmeil "Fifth Wave" Grenache Barrossa Valley South Australia

SKU #1142404 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Cherry-vanilla and raspberry aromas are complicated by notes of musky herbs and fresh rose. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering appealingly sweet red fruit flavors that gain weight and spiciness with air. Closes supple and long, with sneaky tannins adding grip and shape.  (8/ 2013)

James Halliday

 Mid-crimson colour, raspberry coulis and spiced vanillin notes contribute to the bouquet; the palate is soft centred and forward, and shows the variety in its most accessible light.  (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

The Fifth Wave Grenache comes from a once-neglected old vine vineyard in Lyndoch. Langmeil winemaker Paul Lindner saw the potential for the varietal from this vineyard, and helped rejuvenate the site. From the winery: 'Aromas of dark cherry and raspberry fruits mingle with sweet spice, vanilla, hints of savoury roastiness and white pepper nuances. Ripe, red berry fruit flows onto the palate, melding into lovely sweet and briary spice. The finish lingers on a pepper and spice note with typical chalky and youthfully firm tannins."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/2/2014  | Send Email
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Spicy bramble fruit, garrigue notes, spicy tones and a touch of clove. A bright, fresh, lifted Grenache based wine with more purity and vibrancy than many others I have come across. The old vines lend power and concentration to the mid-palate, while Langmeil's traditional old school production techniques have resulted in a more elegant balanced wine.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/29/2014  | Send Email
Holy amazing Grenache, Batman! Admittedly, I am biased--high-quality Spanish Garnacha is one of my favorite things, so I am always wary of Grenache grown elsewhere. The Langmeil "Fifth Wave" totally knocked my socks off! Spicy raspberry, cassis, blueberry, fresh red cherries, with medium-plus acidity and medium tannin. Gorgeous balance, fruit purity, and integration. Concentrated fruit from 75-year-old vines showing their best in this bottling! Well done, Australia!

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley