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:
- Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia
- Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley, South Australia
- Mount Mary Quintet Cabernet Blend, Yarra Valley, Victoria
- Wendouree Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia
- Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia
- Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir, South Gippsland, Victoria
- Best’s Thomson Family Great Western Shiraz, Grampians, Victoria
- Brokenwood Wines Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
- Chris Ringland Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia
- Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah, McLaren Vale, South Australia
- Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District, New South Wales
- Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, Western Australia
- Giaconda Chardonnay, Beechworth, Victoria
- Grosset Polish Hill Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia
- Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz, Eden Valley, South Australia
- Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia
- Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia
- Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia
- Rockford Basket Press Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
- Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny, Barossa Valley, South Australia
- Torbreck RunRig Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
- Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia
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:
- By Farr Tout Pres Pinot Noir, Geelong
- Cullen Wines Kevin John Chardonnay, Margaret River
- Deep Woods Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River
- Hentley Farm Clos Otto Shiraz, Barossa Valley
- Hoddles Creek 1er Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
- Kooyong Wines Haven Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
- Oakridge Wines 864 Vineyard Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
- Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards HJ Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale
- The Standish Wine Company The Standish Single Vineyard Shiraz, Barossa Valley
- Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay, Margaret River
- Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River
- Yabby Lake Vineyard Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
- Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No.2 Shiraz, Yarra Valley
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.