NSW wines top Wine Ark’s Top Wine Additions list

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2015 (Photo: Clonakilla Wines)

Two boutique NSW wines have topped Wine Ark’s list of Top Wine Additions to its storage facilities for the year 2016.

The top three wines are Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, Lakes Folly Cabernets and Penfolds St Henri. It’s significant that the vintage of each wine, 2015, 2014 and 2012 respectively, is an exceptional vintage for that specific wine. This is a sign that investors are wise to the vagaries of vintages and regions, and are not simply buying on reputation.

It’s also interesting that two of these wines are boutique wines made in small volumes: so it’s quality and age worthiness, not just availability, that determines what people cellar.

These statistics reflect what has been moved in and out of Wine Ark’s storages nationally during the year. It’s not a ‘best investment wines’ list: for that, you need to consult Wine Ark’s Australia’s Most Collected Wines.

This year’s highlights:

Top wine additions

Top three producers added

Penfolds comprised over 50% of the top three brands added to the cellars in 2016, confirming this iconic brand isn’t showing any sign of slowing up its dominance of Australia’s most collected wines.

Most common vintage added

  • 2014

Top regions added

  • Barossa Valley
  • Hunter Valley
  • Margaret River

Favourite varietals added

  • Shiraz (at double the volume of second place)
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay

The presence of pinot noir and chardonnay on these lists could be seen as reflecting the fact that these wines are now better than ever and increasingly worthwhile cellaring.

The oldest bottle removed from Wine Ark was a 1927 Gould Campbell Vintage Port. The most commonly removed vintage was 2010, followed by 2009 then 2005. Surprisingly only one 50th birthday bottle of 1966 was removed – a Chateau Beau-Site from St-Estephe, Bordeaux.

Established in 1999, Wine Ark has state-of-the-art storage facilities in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and the Sunshine Coast. It stores over two million bottles of wine in 16 cellars across Australia, for clients in over 30 countries.

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