If you’re looking for a story-teller in Barossa, look no further than Langmeil Winery Family Proprietor, James Lindner.
A sixth-generation Barossan, James’ family have seen it all, from the first family settlements along the ‘Lang Meil’ (the long mile) in today’s Tanunda, through the development of the region from self-sufficiency to global industry. Today Langmeil Winery are the proud custodians of what are believed to be the oldest surviving Shiraz vines in the world, known as ‘The Freedom’ vineyard.
His is a love for the region and its wines which has been built from the ground-up.
A natural conversationalist, and self-confessed ‘ardent advocate’ of Barossa, you will most often find James holding court at tastings, lunches and dinners around the world. Tales of history, the land and the antics of winemakers bringing life and laughter to the wines of Barossa.
Today we bring you a little glimpse into James’ take on Barossa, via his picks from the Barossa Wine Auction catalogue. Enjoy!
- Lot 8S POONAWATTA ESTATE THE 1880 SHIRAZ 2010 1.5LTR
When we talk old vines in the Barossa, Poonawatta can boast they are the custodians to their families generational Shiraz vineyard one of the oldest and originals in Eden Valley from the 1880’s. Probably one of the last vineyards to be picked each year, this is an absolute must have in anyone’s cellar and a large bottle of it, wow. Someone is going to be lucky to get this lot from one of the greatest vintages ever in the Barossa!
- Lot 73W ROCKFORD SPARKLING BLACK SHIRAZ NV MAGNUM
Who doesn’t want to have a large format of the famous Rockford Sparkling Black Shiraz, the wine that helped to re establish the art of making a truly Australian wine, sparkling Shiraz. This wine has helped to inspire others and show case just why they are made in the first place, because when they are done well, they are bloody delicious and Rockford’s do it very well!
- Lot 85W SOUL GROWERS SHIRAZ EXPERIENCE
Experiences are what helps to not only connect with the winery but its people and the region. If you have a true love for wine then these are the opportunities not to be missed. When your surrounded by passionate people sharing their love of wine, the Barossa and it’s people you walk away with a closer understanding and connection on why people do what they do all in the aim of making great wine and living life.
- Lot 2L CHARLES MELTON WINES 2014 NINE POPES GSM 6.0L IMPERIAL PLUS ‘AN ALMOST RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE’
Are you serious, when does something like this ever come along. One of the inspiring winemakers of the 80’s, when everyone was losing their shirts in the wine industry a group of like minded people including Charlie Melton helped to redefine what the Barossa is all about. His famous Nine Popes helping to shine a light on three key varieties that have really shone for the region from its beginnings. So not only do you get a massive bottle from a great vintage you get to learn first hand and hear the stories of what not only shaped his wines but how the Barossa was born again, now that is truly a good religious experience.
- Lot 5L FLAXMAN WINES ESTATE SHIRAZ AND LONG LUNCH PACKAGE
The Barossa has been a beacon for many wine and food lovers from around Australia and sometimes the region is lucky enough to inspire people to follow their dreams and Fi and Collin Shepard are one of these, dreamers, romantics and doers.. Finding their ideal place to bring all their ideas to life and share their passions of food, wine and life with others. This opportunity would be an amazingly relaxed and inspiring day, so If you need to fill your life with memorable experiences of sight, smell, sound and taste, this is not to be missed.