Langtons Classification V – 22% up on entries

Today should be Australian Fine Wine Day!  Wine Australia’s week long Landmark Tutorial, of which I have been a priviliged participant (the week’s wines shown above), ended today with suitably august speeches from wine writer and industry doyenne, James Halliday and Paul Henry of Wine Australia.  The Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards have just been announced (see my earlier blog of today for the winners).  And finally, Langton’s, Australia’s leading fine wine online auction house released Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine V.  The Classification highlights Australia’s best performing wines on the secondary market.

After a week of tasting among Australia’s finest wines, and meeting some of its grooviest as well as established movers and shakers, it came as no surprise to me that the classification features 33 new listings, an increase of 22%.  According to Langton’s, this reflects “widening secondary wine market demand and a growing interest in regional and single vineyard ultra-fine Australian wine. It also reflects a dominance of cellaring style red wines.”  Below follows extracts from Langton’s press release summarising key aspects of the new classification.  As for the Landmark Tutorial, I’m about to embark on two weeks of intense tasting travels across New South Wales and Victoria, so I may not have time or internet access to report further, but watch this space for tastings notes and reflections! 

Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine V

Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine V comprises 58 shiraz/blends, 40 cabernet/blends, 10 pinot noirs and 15 white wines which are divided into 4 rankings: Exceptional, Outstanding, Excellent and Distinguished, determined  by reference to, as a rule of thumb, a minimum of ten vintages and a track record on the secondary wine market.

As is the tradition, Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, heads up the list. The dominance of shiraz, including five new ‘Exceptional’ entrants, reflects the variety’s reputation for longevity and diversity of style. The addition of Jeffrey Grosset Polish Hill Riesling to the highest ranking acknowledges and rewards a unique masterpiece.

Exceptional new entrants and changes are:

BROKENWOOD Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley NSW – promoted from Outstanding

CHRIS RINGLAND Shiraz, Barossa SA – promoted from Outstanding

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah, McLaren Vale SA – promoted from Outstanding

CLONAKILLA Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District, NSW – promoted from Outstanding

GROSSET Polish Hill Riesling, Clare Valley SA – promoted from Outstanding

TORBRECK RunRig Shiraz, Barossa Valley SA – promoted from Excellent

Outstanding new entrants and changes

BALNAVES OF COONAWARRA The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra SA – NEW

BINDI Block 5 Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges Vic – NEW

D’ARENBERG The Dead Arm Shiraz, McLaren Vale SA – promoted from Excellent

DE BORTOLI Noble One Botrytis Semillon, Riverina NSW – promoted from Excellent

DALWHINNIE The Eagle Shiraz, Pyrenees Vic- NEW

GREENOCK CREEK Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley SA – promoted from Excellent

GREENOCK CREEK Roennfeldt Road Shiraz, Barossa Valley SA – promoted from Excellent

GROSSET Springvale Riesling, Watervale SA – promoted from Excellent

KAESLER WINES Old Bastard Shiraz, Barossa Valley SA – NEW

MCWILLIAM’S Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon, Hunter Valley NSW – promoted from Excellent

NOON Reserve Shiraz, Langhorne Creek SA – promoted from Excellent

PENFOLDS Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, SA – promoted from Excellent

PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, SA – promoted from Excellent

TAHBILK 1860 Vines Shiraz , Nagambie Lakes Vic – promoted from Excellent

TYRRELL’S Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley NSW – promoted from Excellent

WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra SA – promoted from Excellent

Excellent new entrants and changes

BEST’S Bin No.O Great Western Shiraz, Great Western Vic – promoted from Distinguished

DOMAINE A Cabernet Sauvignon, Coal River Valley Tas – promoted from Distinguished

GIACONDA Warner Vineyard Shiraz, Beechworth Vic – NEW

HOUGHTON Jack Mann Frankland River Cabernet Blend, Frankland River-Greta Southern WA – promoted from Distinguished

KATNOOK ESTATE Prodigy Shiraz, Coonawarra SA – NEW

LEO BURING Leonay Riesling, Eden Valley/Watervale SA – NEW

MAIN RIDGE ESTATE Half Acre Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula Vic – NEW

MOUNT MARY Chardonnay, Yarra Valley Vic – promoted from Distinguished

NOON Reserve Cabernet, Langhorne Creek SA – NEW

PARINGA ESTATE The Paringa Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula Vic – NEW

PARKER COONAWARRA ESTATE Terra Rossa First Growth Cabernet Merlot, Coonawarra SA – moved from Outstanding

PENFOLDS Magill Estate Shiraz, Adelaide SA – promoted from Distinguished

PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz, Barossa SA – NEW

TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier, Barossa Valley SA – NEW

WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra SA – promoted from Distinguished

YERINGBERG Cabernet Blend, Yarra Valley Vic – promoted from Distinguished

Distinguished new entrants and changes

CASTAGNA Genesis Syrah, Beechworth Vic – NEW

COLDSTREAM HILLS Reserve Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley Vic – NEW

D’ARENBERG WINES The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale SA – NEW

FREYCINET VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, East Coast Tas – NEW

KILIKANOON Oracle Shiraz, Clare Valley SA – NEW

MCWILLIAM’S MOUNT PLEASANT Maurice O’Shea Shiraz, Hunter Valley NSW – NEW

MOUNT LANGI GHIRAN Langi Shiraz, Grampians Vic – moved from Excellent

PARINGA ESTATE The Paringa Shiraz, Mornington Peninsula Vic – NEW

PEWSEY VALE The Contours Riesling, Eden Valley SA – NEW

PENFOLDS Bin 128 Shiraz, SA – NEW

PENFOLDS Bin 28 Shiraz, SA – NEW

PENFOLDS Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, SA – NEW

ROLF BINDER Veritas Hanisch Shiraz, Barossa Valley – moved from Excellent

SAVATERRE Chardonnay, Beechworth Vic – NEW

TURKEY FLAT Shiraz, Barossa Valley SA- NEW

VOYAGER ESTATE Cabernet, Margaret River WA – NEW

WANTIRNA ESTATE Amelia Cabernet Merlot, Yarra Valley Vic – NEW

WILD DUCK CREEK ESTATE Springflat Shiraz, Heathcote Vic – NEW

WIRRA WIRRA RSW Shiraz, McLaren Vale SA – NEW

WOLF BLASS WINES Platinum Shiraz, SA – NEW

WOODLANDS Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River WA – NEW

WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE Michael Shiraz, Coonawarra SA- NEW

YALUMBA The Signature Cabernet Shiraz, Barossa SA – NEW

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  1. Benji - passionate about Margaret River

    Thank you for a comprehensive rundown on the new edition of the Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine V. I love it that Grange is heading up the list as this is truly a beautiful drop. I am also pleased to see Woodlands of Margaret River’s Cabernet Sauvignon getting a new entrant into the Distinguished category. Well done. I look forward to hearing your notes of your forthcoming trip.
    The Margaret River Guide

    • sarah

      Hi Benji, thanks, still travelling – very full on, like Landmark, but lots of beautiful drops! Yes, I expect Woodlands to whizz up the ladder of Langton’s ratings – they’re among my favourite WA cab blends.

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