Langmeil 2004 Three Gardens

Posted on November 12, 2009

Langmeil Winery has a long history in the Barossa Valley, with the property's first vines planted in the mid-19th century. After a tumultuous history that spanned several owners, the land and winery transferred hands into its current holders in 1996. Richard Lindner, Carl Lindner, and Chris Bitter refurbished the entire property, including the old winery building and some of the original remaining vineyards. Now, Langmeil processes nearly 1,000 tonnes (11,02 tons) for over a dozen different labels.

The 2004 Three Gardens comes from the Tanunda, Lyndoch, and Seppeltfield vineyards (called gardens). The vines range from 15 to 130 years of age and showcase the best of the Barossa Valley. The Barossa Valley is one of Australia's most acclaimed and oldest wine growing regions, located in South Australia, just north of Adelaide. The hot climate can leads to overly ripe grapes and overly phenolic wines when not tamed by winemaking practices. 


Winery - Langmeil Winery

Location - Tanunda, S.A., Australia

Wine - Langmeil 2004 Three Gardens

Grape Varieties - 48% Syrah, 42% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre

Appellation - Barossa Valley

Alcohol - 14.4% v/v

Price - $20 USD


Nose/Aroma -Plum with a hint of charred toasted oak.

Palate/Flavors - Very fruit forward. Raspberries and plums that blend into semi-sweet vanilla, all-spice, licorice, and oak. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected and the mid-palate is rather hollow, probably due to age. Nonetheless, the finish is quite persistent, leaving sweet raspberries and vanilla coating the mouth. 

Food Pairing - I don't think this wine is at an age where it can stand up well to a truly robust red meat dish. I enjoyed it with a spicy tomato chicken soup, but I think it would work fine with a range of foods since it's a bit past it's prime. 

Comments - This is a delicious wine. I wish I would have opened it a year ago because its a bit flabby and seems to have lost a bit of its punch. Still, it has relatively fresh fruit for a wine of its age. I think the phenolic deterioration is the main downfall of this wine, but still quite enjoyable.