Vale Vale is a little secret corner of the Barossa Valley. East of Chateau Tanunda, in the lee of Mengler Hill, the sandy soils are a haven for Grenache vines planted on this own roots 90 years ago in the Neldner Vineyard.
Blood orange zest on the nose carries through to the acidity. Plaited around this line of fresh consistency is a nose of peonies and palate with a negroni swatch of cherry and a bitter fruit sweetness through a medium body. There’s skittish energy, too, that keeps this wine compelling, glass after glass.
A Langton’s exclusive from now. From Neldner Vineyard in Vine Vale, 90 year old vines. A separate vineyard from the usual AATRM. Christian Canute finished the wine for the AATRM team, stuck overseas with COVID. Old oak here.
Strong raspberry liquorice, game meat, pot pourri, alpine herb and pretty spice characters. Slurpy texture, fine, silty tannins, edgy-nervy blood orange acidity, a squelchy feel as it finishes with light malty notes. Loose knit, generous in flavour, medium weight. Good drinking here; simple done well with some elevation of character.
92 points, The Wine Front (November 2020)
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.