The first wines date back to 2008 and a few vintages passed before we settled on our style. The importance of Barossa Valley Cabernet will rise and rise in the decade ahead because consumers are taking note. The news for the last twenty years has been about Cabernets from cooler districts and the Barossa was passed over. Thankfully Cabernet grows across a wide climate range and consumers being variable realise there is more than the narrow cool climate taste to Cabernet.
Colonel William Light explored the Barossa Valley 180 years before the vintage of this Langdorf Cabernet. Cabernet plantings may date back to the 1880s and some may survive. Perhaps by the 1940s it began to dawn on the few local table wine drinkers that the taste of Barossa Cabernet was exceptional. By the late 1940s Barossa Cabernets were appearing, particularly from Orlando. In 1953 Max Schubert made his only Penfolds Grange Cabernet from Barossa fruit. Then not much happened. A revival is now underway as all things Barossa are in a category of their own.