The World’s Oldest Shiraz – Langmeil’s The Freedom 1843

Langmeil's old vine Shiraz, Barossa Valley

For every Yellow Tail or Hardy’s, there are a multitude of stories to be told about premium Australian labels that have upheld traditional winemaking ideals with the goal of delivering boutique, terroir-driven wines.

2008 Evans & Tate Chardonnay

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He says: At $20, it’s hard to find a better value and even creeps up to a 4-star rating for me.

She says: A fresh and balanced wine at a great price.

Had a Glass: Morris Muscat Cellar Reserve Grand Liqueur

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He says: If you have a chance to taste a Morris fortified, do everything you can to make it so.

She says: What a treat… a glass full of lusciously delicious goodness.

Had a Glass: Rockford Black Shiraz

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He says: For those that have never had a quality sparkling Shiraz, I know what you’re thinking given the utter dross we have in Canada.

She says: I had high expectations for this wine and it definitely delivered.

Had a Glass: 2008 Mountadam Chardonnay High Eden

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He says: Nicely balanced with well-integrated oak showing as mellow toast notes, but by no means an oak monster.

She says: A little hot on the alcohol but overall a well-rounded, elegant Chardonnay.

Had a Glass: 1998 Tyrrell’s Sémillon Vat 1

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She says: In a word: orgasmic.

He says:. Absolutely outstanding, and a must-have if you ever come across it.

Had a Glass: 2010 Charles Melton Rose of Virginia

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He says: I really enjoyed this wine and wish it was something I could stock a case of at home.

She says: It was a great welcome home.

Wine truths

“Beer is made by men, wine by God!”
by Martin Luther

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.