Barossa is celebrating the release of what is known as the ‘honour-roll’ of Australian wine, the Langton’s Classification VII this week.
Barossa continues its reign as the highest represented region, with 31 wines made solely from Barossa’s two regions; Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. An additional 7 wines contain significant percentages of Barossa fruit included bringing Barossa’s inclusion to 28% of the Australia-wide list.
The Langton’s Classification, now in its 30th year, bases eligibility on how well a wine performs on the open auction market; the volume of demand it attracts and the prices it realises. Revised every five years, Langton’s comments “ultimately, the reputation of a wine is based on its auction pedigree, the record it builds up, over time.” The success of Barossa’s wines in the Classification underlines the exceptional quality of both the region’s viticulture and winemaking.
The Barossa Wine Auction run biannually by Langton’s, is gaining a reputation as a world-class event. Sales routinely break records, with an Imperial of Penfolds Bin 95 Grange selling for $62,910 and the top bid for Henschke’s “Once-in-a-lifetime Hill of Grace Experience’ reaching $19,805 in 2017.
The 2019 Barossa Wine Auction is scheduled for April 26 2019, with lot information and tickets for the live auction available in mid-December 2018.
Exceptional: The most highly prized of all Australian fine wines. Representing generations of effort and character of place.
Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz
Chris Ringland Dry Grown Barossa Ranges Shiraz
Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz
Rockfords Basket Press Shiraz
Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny
Torbreck RunRig Shiraz
Outstanding: The best of Australian winemaking practices, vineyard provenance and regional voice.
Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Shiraz
Charles Melton Nine Popes Shiraz Grenache Mouvèdre
Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz
Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz
Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Shiraz Cabernet Merlot
Henschke Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon
Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz
Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz
Penfolds RWT Shiraz
Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz
Rockfords Black Sparkling Shiraz
Seppeltsfield Para Liqueur Tawny (Vintage)
Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz
Excellent: Australian wines of consistent merit. Steadfast, popular and expressive.
Elderton The Command Shiraz
Glaetzer AMON-Ra Shiraz
Hentley Farm Clos-Otto Shiraz
John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre
Kalleske Johann Georg Old Vine Shiraz
Leo Buring Leonay DW Riesling* (Eden Valley or Clare Valley depending on the vintage)
Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling
St Hallett Old Block Shiraz
The Standish Wine Company Standish Single Vineyard Shiraz
Torbreck The Descendant Shiraz Viognier
Turkey Flat Shiraz
Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz
Wines containing a significant proportion of Barossa fruit:
Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz
Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz
Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Shiraz Malbec