2009 Langmeil, Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon (WS 91)
In 1842 a 32 year old Blacksmith, Christian Auricht, arrived from Prussia with his wife and four children. He settled in the new hamlet of Langmeil and built a blacksmith shop, around which grew the trading area of the village and provides the aesthetics for the winery to this day.
The artisan of iron has now made way for the new craftsman who has blended the oldest of Barossa traditions to forge this spectacular wine. Our Cabernet Sauvignon, the unsung hero of Barossa wine, has been matured for 24 months, achieving the structure, depth and balance expected from this premium Australian grape growing region.
The Barossa experienced its best rainfall in five years during the winter and spring of 2009 and provided good soil moisture for the onset of the growing season. Late spring was fairly mild with some moderately warm days, resulting in an early budburst. Warm and mild weather ensued for the remainder of the growing season so canopies remained very healthy and ripening accelerated for an early vintage. The onset of cool nights in mid-March slowed the final harvest for some later varieties and vineyards. In summary, the 2010 wines are proving that this has been an exceptional year for the Barossa.
Colour: Medium to deep crimson with purple hues.
Aroma: Rich, dark fruits of black currants and black berries dominate the aroma with lifted minty, menthol notes and biscuity hints.
Palate: Luscious, ripe and juicy berry fruits coat the palate and mingle with brambly spice, hints of black olive and velvety, fine tannins which flow onto the long and fruitful finish - Langmeil Winery