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2016 Langmeil The High Road Chardonnay

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If you are looking for a smooth and fruity Chardy, look no further! This offering from Langmeil shows lots of typical peachiness on the nose, together with melons, citrus and a hint of sweet almonds. The palate is light and fruity with a whisper of sweetness upfront, a touch of milkiness to the mouthfeel, and a zappy, refreshing finish. It would go with a range of foods, but is equally good chilled down and enjoyed with your mates.

Winemaker's Notes

Story behind the wine: Chardonnay is one of the most highly prized white varietals in the world and, in a diverse region like the Barossa, we can choose to take the High Road to Eden Valley, Barossa’s high country and premium cool-climate district, to capture the very best of flavour and texture that Chardonnay can offer.

The Winery: The Lindner family of Langmeil Winery has been immersed in the Barossa’s culture of farming, food, wine and community for six generations. Their commitment to quality in all aspects is unwavering and any wine that bears the Langmeil name represents the family’s pursuit of excellence in wine and community.

2016 Vintage Report: We are certainly getting used to earlier and earlier sampling and this year, for the first time, our first load of Shiraz was nearly booked for the end of January. Fortunately, a timely rain and mild conditions delayed the start allowing flavour and colour to catch up with sugar. Considering the dry winter, yields generally were a little above average (with the exception of our Eden Valley Vineyard which was 50% frosted on the 1st of December, yes December!) due to a slightly warmer spring, great flowering and fruit set conditions. This combined with mild, late summer weather meant the grower and winemaker were happy with another solid vintage tucked away.

By early March, 70% of our harvest was in and with another nice drink from the heavens, vintage slowed right down building flavour in the late ripening varieties like Grenache and Mataro, as well as great results from our Eden Valley reds and whites. We finished harvest with our Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on the 15th of April. This vintage really highlights how tenacious and robust grape vines are, producing good yields and great quality in a very dry season (but they can’t sustain dry conditions forever). Fortunately, a more normal winter this year with much needed rain is refilling the soil and water resources. Bring it on!
- Paul Lindner, Chief Winemaker

Colour: Mid straw with brilliant, pale gold hues.

Aroma: An inviting and creamy aroma with honeydew, grapefruit and cucumber combining with a touch of marzipan to add to the complexity.

Palate: Zingy tropical fruits flow onto the palate morphing into peach and citrus flavours in the mouth. Hints of nutty and creamy barrel ferment characters and the zesty finish is balanced with lovely texture, some minerality and great acidity.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2016 Langmeil The High Road Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Drink to 2015.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 Reviews
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