2008 Langmeil "Valley Floor" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1122475 93 points James Halliday

 Opaque purple-red; a luscious rich and ripe (but not overripe) medium- to full-bodied Barossa shiraz, the plum, blackberry and prune flavours augmented by well integrated mocha/vanilla oak  (12/ 2009)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editor's Choice* A terrific value in Barossa Shiraz, Langmeil’s 2008 Valley Floor bottling features bold oak-fruit styling without ever seeming jammy. It’s full bodied but not unstructured, with mulberries and toasted coconut upfront yet a fresh, savory finish framed by dusty tannins. Drink now--2018.  (2/ 2012)

91 points James Suckling

 Intense aromas of blackberries, currants and hints of sweet tobacco. Full bodied, and chewy with loads of fruit and new wood. Needs time to come together. A little hot, but it's what you expect from an outstanding Barossa Valley red.  (2/ 2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Spicy cherry and black raspberry on the nose, with complicating notes of incense and dried rose. Sappy and expansive, offering lively red and dark berry flavors and a late note of white pepper. Packs a lot of flavor into a lithe package and finishes with impressive clarity and spicy persistence.  (8/ 2010)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Valley Floor Shiraz comes from vines averaging 40-50 years of age and was matured for two years in French oak, mainly hogsheads, 20% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it’s very fruit forward on the nose with intense warm blackberry, cassis and warm raspberry aromas plus nuances of licorice, Indian spices and vanilla. Full, rich and crisp in the mouth, it gives firm, fine tannins and a long juicy berry finish. Drinking now it should remain fresh to 2015.  (12/ 2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid crimson with a pale rim. Very sweet and ripe on the nose. Sun baked! But not horribly exaggerated. Umami! Tannins very well managed.  (9/ 2012)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/11/2013  | Send Email
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Fantastic wine from Langmeil. This has all the richness and concentration I like from Barossa Shiraz but retains a wonderful balance and brightness. Very soft and drinkable but great detail and length on the palate. This wine is showing fantastic vibrancy, excellent!
Top Value!

By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/10/2013  | Send Email
Wow. This is a lovely expression of Barossa Valley Shiraz. The fruit came from various old vine (some over 100 years old) vineyards on the valley floor that was bottled with a light filtration, and no fining. The bouquet is lifted with notes of dark plum, blue and blackberries, bittersweet chocolate, earth and spice. On the palate there are supple silky tannins that frame the elegant core of fruit. There is exceptional balance and elegance to this wine with great mouth-feel and a cool long finish. Very classy Shiraz.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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