Langton's Confidential XXXIII 6-pack Shiraz Viognier, Barossa Valley
This Langton’s Confidential offer is a genuine, reserve-quality Shiraz Viognier from an established Barossa Valley producer known for the richness and consistent quality of its wines. It received 97 points from James Halliday and 93 points from Campbell Mattinson of Wine Front. The producer can boast Halliday’s highest-possible overall ranking, five red stars, identifying an…
The name cannot be revealed, at the producer’s own request, but it is one with a solid reputation. The wine itself has just 3% Viognier, used to enhance and lift aroma, so it could, in fact, have been labelled simply Shiraz. Either way, you save at least 40%. And it’s not a ‘cleanskin’ offer. The wine comes to you fully-labelled, just as if it had been bought at the cellar door.
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.