As each ship arrived at Adelaide, the emigrants were dispersed to various
settlements in the vicinity. In 1842, the village of Langmeil in the Barossa
Valley was established. Christian Auricht, with his wife and four children
settled in the new village of Langmeil. There he acquired the largest allotment of land. Once cleared he planted a mixed fruit orchard and a Shiraz vineyard. He also started to build: a blacksmithy, a bakery, a
cobbler's shop, a butcher's shop and the village's first well. This became the trading centre of the village. The main highway to Kapunda and Burra, important copper mining towns then, passed by. Many
travelers stopped to water their horses and gather provisions to continue their journey. The property remained with the family until the 1930s when it became a winery called Paradale. Selwin Auricht continued to help with maintenance until his death in 1964, the last member of the Auricht family to work there.
The property was purchased in 1996 by three local businessmen whose families have lived in the Barossa Valley for several generations: Richard Lindner, Chris Bitter and Carl Lindner. They restored the remaining old buildings and the village well, refurbished the winery and named it Langmeil, after the original village.
Some of Christian Auricht's original vines still remained, a 31/2 acre patch of the 1840s Shiraz, albeit neglected. The most important task was to revive them. The vines are dry grown and, after careful tending, Langmeil's first vintage was hand picked in 1997.
Tanunda and the Barossa Valley
Tanunda and the Barossa Valley comprise one of Australia's premier wine-growing areas, and the town is surrounded by vineyards. Part of the reason why the Barossa rose to preeminence is that it was not hit by phylloxera in the late 1800s. Other wine areas in Australia and around the world (including France) were devastated by the pest and vineyards had to replanted with new vines and phylloxera resistant stock. Hence in the Barossa you will find some of the oldest wine producing vines in the world.
Langmeil Shiraz Barossa Valley, Valley Floor 2004
This wine is a classic example of honest traditional Barossa Shiraz. Ripe, rich plummy
and dark cherry fruit with earthy tones and hints of spice, it displays fine
toasty oak tannins resulting in a medium to full-bodied wine with an exquisite
soft dry finish. For a wine that does not feel big or
broad, this has amazing depth of flavor and focus, delivering a seamless package
of blueberry, currant, plum and vanilla-spice flavors that fan out over the
palate. This has compelling purity and impressive persistence.
Juicy, slightly jammy aromas of dark plums, berries and cherries are backed by sweet vanilla and cedar/chocolate oak plus undertones of cloves and cinnamon. Long, smooth and polished, its deep expression of pristine, confiture-like flavour finishes with length and brightness, with lingering blueberry-like undertones.
Rated 94 Wine Spectator
The Barossa Valley is a major wine-producing region and tourist destination of South Australia, located 60 km northeast of Adelaide.
The wine industry plays a major role in the Barossa, being the main source of employment for many residents. The many hectares of vineyard are the most distinctive feature of the area, especially when viewed from the Mengler's Hill lookout positioned on the range of hills that form one side of the valley itself. Very hot weather in February and March can place stress on the vines at the end of the ripening cycle resulting in concentrated flavors.
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