Landmark day 3 & Langton’s latest Classification: a roll call of famous names and faces

Yesterday’s Landmark session culminated in a rarified line up of 21 Australian groundbreaking wines from the 1950s to the present day.  Andrew Caillard MW of Langtons expertly placed them in their historical context with input from the panel’s other distinguished members, James Halliday and Dr Tony Jordan – wines and people pictured above and below.

Given yesterday’s blog about the impressive ageing capacity of some relatively modestly priced Australian classics, you won’t be surprised to hear that, though a few of the older wines showed signs of drying out, most were holding up rather well.  My tasting notes (together with notes on Andrew’s presentation) will follow.  Meantime, below you’ll find the list of wines tasted.


In order of tasting they were:

1. 1955 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia
2. 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, Coonawarra & Kalimna
3. 1971 Penfolds Grange Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia
4. 1976 Wendouree Shiraz, Clare Valley
5. 1986 Henschke Hill of Grace Museum Release Shiraz, Eden Valley
6. 1986 Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley
7. 1990 Mount Mary Vineyard Quintet Cabernets, Yarra Valley
8. 1991 Lindemans Bin 8203 (Burgundy) Shiraz, Hunter Valley
9. 1995 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River
10. 1995 Cullen Wines Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Margaret River
11. 1996 Penfolds Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley
12. 1996 Best’s Wines Thomson Family Great Western Shiraz, Great Western
13. 1996 Clarendon Hills Astralis Vineyard Syrah, McLaren Vale
14. 1996 Three Rivers  Shiraz, Barossa Valley
15. 1998 Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
16. 1998 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz, Barossa Valley
17. 2001 Clonakilla Shiraz/Viognier, Canberra District
18. 2004 Balnaves of Coonawarra The Tally Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra
19. 2006 McWilliams Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz, Hunter Valley
20. 2006 Giaconda Warner Vineyard Shiraz/Roussanne, Beechworth
21. 1982 Wynns John Riddoch Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

And for the low down on which wines are the best performing Australian wines on the secondary market (based on market demand and a track-record of vintages), the 5th edition of Langton’s latest Classification of Australian Wine will be released this Friday, 24 September.  From that date, the Langtons website here will reveal who makes the cut.

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