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Langdorf Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Every ripening cycle of the grapes is different. This leads to vintage charts as they provide numbers to measure what nature has given the fruit. In cold climates a good rule of thumb is that a warmer season makes more interesting wines than a season when it is harder to ripen the grapes.
In a warm to hot climate like the Barossa Valley getting a ripe crop is not the problem yet striking seasonal differences occur between wines even when we see one summer much like another. These differences though are not so pronounced that you would prefer one over another, rather they are complex differences which are apparent when comparing wines.
Thus I like 2013, 2014 and 2015 and do not favour one over the other though I like the additional ripening time evident in our 2015s. The same vineyards give different results so if you are collecting the Langdorfs keep the sequence going as they strike me as getting richer the younger the vintage; at least in this part of the weather cycle.
At this stage the 2015 is a warm rich wine though cellaring will bring benefits suggesting others from our range are better at this moment.