“Our parents’ guiding philosophy is that successive generations should hand over the vineyards and winery to the next in a better state than they inherited them.”

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Paul Lindner

This philosophy is one the Lindner family and their team live by daily, as the custodians of what are believed to be the world’s oldest surviving Shiraz vines planted in The Freedom vineyard 177 years ago.

The Langmeil Winery is located on the site where one of Barossa’s first trading villages was established by Christian Auricht. It was Auricht who is believed to have planted the original 1 acre vineyard in 1843 and the additional 2.5 acres in 1846. A book on the Auricht family history, “Persecution to Freedom” inspired the name of one of Barossa’s, if not Australia’s, most treasured vineyards.

Paul’s wine career started when young, picking grapes for his Italian grandmother. For this he was paid the princely sum of 20 cents per bucket and a big bowl of pasta; then he would watch his grandfather turn grapes into wine.

Soil health is a big focus for Langmeil Winery, whose stable of vineyards cover all categories of Barossa’s Old Vine Charter. Annual cover crops in the mid-row are slashed and turned into the soil to create organic matter. Supplemental irrigation (or “watering”) is used sparingly when weather conditions threaten the vines’ survival, a strategic decision that is made to preserve living history.

THE SINGLE VINEYARDS

Langmeil Winery

The Freedom 1843

Tanunda, Central Grounds, Barossa Valley

The Freedom 1843

First planted: 1843

Vine age: 177

Old Vine charter: Ancestor

Variety: Shiraz

The Freedom 1843 Shiraz vineyard is potentially the world’s oldest surviving Shiraz vineyard. The site is on the banks of the North Para River, and the soil comprises alluvial deposits with red clay, red sand and gravel layers over grey-white river clay.

Langmeil Winery

Wattle Brae

Eden Valley

Wattle Brae

First planted: 1890s

Vine age: 125 (approx)

Old Vine charter: Ancestor

Variety: Shiraz

At 420 metres above sea level with an easterly aspect, the Wattle Brae vineyard, initially dry-farmed, sits on a soil profile of grey sandy loam over sandstone, ironstone and decomposed granite.

THE WINES

Langmeil Winery

The Freedom 1843 Shiraz

The wine’s deeply complex character is a result of the vines’ 177 years (and counting) in symbiosis with the site.

“You should kneel in the presence of a wine such as this.”

James Halliday

“A wine that epitomises the vicissitudes and triumphs of fine winemaking.”

Andrew Caillard MW

“Complex, layered and seductive, it’s a compelling example of Barossa Shiraz.”

Joe Czerwinski

“This wine doesn’t tilt at or hope for quality; it declares it.”

Campbell Mattinson

“Such a wine cannot be replicated elsewhere.”

Ned Goodwin MW

 

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Pure Eden Shiraz

The wine’s freshness, intensity and structure is the result of the cooler, higher site and the impoverished soils.

“A riotously opulent Shiraz and very Eden Valley.” Huon Hooke

“A strong ambassador for Barossa character.” Mike Bennie

“Unquestionable fruit quality.” James Suckling