A blend of the 'orphan' vines at Langmeil with other grapes including old-vine Eden Valley Shiraz. Deep purple/red hue and a lovely fresh blueberry, smoky, spicy and banana-scented bouquet. A gorgeous nose; the palate is also superb. It’s fresh, soft, concentrated but medium to full-bodied, with very fine tannins and suppleness. The structure is exemplary. It's great to drink already. 96 points, huonhooke.com
A successful blend of a majority of Barossan fruit, together with a good percentage of Eden Valley material, this cuvee hails from vines in excess of 70yo. Massaged by the whims of time across 24 months in French hogsheads, a solid percentage new, this wine exhibits full throttled dried, dark fruit aromas sewn to a toasty veneer of vanilla pod and coconut notes. Tar, bitter chocolate, anise and cardamon, all wait in the wings. A waft of barbecue infers barrel fermentation, yet the overall impression is of latent power, in an inimitable and traditional Barossa mould.
94 points, Ned Goodwin MW (January 2017)
There's some nice fresh blackberry fruit here along with some plums, granite and eucalyptus and ivy character. Full body, fine-grained tannins and a juicy finish. Very succulent. Hard to resist now.
93 points, Nick Stock (July 2017)
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Shiraz Orphan Bank opens with red and black plum notes plus hints of garrigue, underbrush, black pepper, cedar and dried Mediterranean herbs. The medium-bodied palate is finely crafted, delivering youthful red and black fruit notes and an herbal lift, finishing fine and fresh.
91 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (September 2017)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.