Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine

Just one new wine has been promoted to the highest level in the latest Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine: Best’s Thomson Family Shiraz.

Classification VII lists 136 wines divided into three levels. They are Exceptional, Outstanding, and Excellent.

It joins 135 other wines in this elite list of the most collectable wines, as determined by sales history with the Woolworths owned auction house, Langton’s.

This is the ‘Exceptional’ list. The top five (the ‘Heritage Five’) are in order of importance, the others in alphabetical order:

No doubt there is an element of heritage in the collectability of Best’s Thomson Family Shiraz, as it is based on the original 1868 plantings at Best’s Concongella vineyard at Great Western. As such, its output will always be limited. As well, the wine’s quality – always outstanding – is even better in recent vintages.

The Langton’s Classification VII includes 13 new listings, as follows:

Classification VII lists 136 wines divided into three levels. They are Exceptional, Outstanding, and Excellent.

Langton’s says the classification, which is updated every four years, is compiled by analyzing the track record of fine wine in the Australian wine auction market, including prices and volume of demand over a long period of time. It is a unique rating system based on consumer demand rather than any single opinion.

South Australia is the most represented state in the classification, with 75 wines. These are dominated by the Barossa Valley. Red wines constitute 85% of listings.

Langton’s, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, will take the classification on tour, giving wine lovers a rare opportunity to taste and compare more than 130 of the wines in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane. All participants will be given a copy of the Classification VII book, published in hardback by Hardie Grant. To book a place at these events and to find more information click here.

Click here to see the full classification.

One thought on “Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine”

  1. Garry Barron says:

    I attended the Melbourne tasting, just the outstanding & excellent, my high light was the two Jasper Hill shiraz’s (very approachable for the age) and for a white the Vasse Felix Heytsbury chardonnay.

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