Wine enthusiasts, investors and winemakers came together today for the biennial Barossa Wine Chapters Auction at historic Chateau Tanunda in Tanunda.
Presented by Barossa Grape and Wine Association and supported by Langton’s Fine Wines, the live auction saw a total of 30 lots from Barossa’s most prestigious and renowned wineries sold by auctioneer and Baron of the Barossa Andrew Caillard.
Held over a three-course lunch catered by Barossa favourite Elli Beer, the 30 lots set many records as a result of sales to both local and absentee bidders.
For the first time this year, wine lovers the world over could experience the electricity of a live auction, with the Barossa Wine Chapters Auction live streamed on YouTube.
These viewers included a group of wine investors who watched live from Langton’s in Hong Kong.
Highlights from the auction included the sale of a six-litre Imperial bottle of Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 2010 which made $54,000.
The Penfolds Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet-Kalimna Shiraz 1962 750ml bottle sold for an auction record of $11,500.
The once in a lifetime Henschke Hill of Grace experience, which includes an exclusive tour for two and a set of rare Hill of Grace Magnums and a Double Magnum, sold for a remarkable $17,000.
Other impressive results included the Torbreck The Laird Shiraz 2012, which sold for $6600.
Many records were set, including the Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 1996 selling for $4800, a significant increase since it was last auctioned by Langton’s.
It wasn’t just red wine attracting attention though, with The Ultimate Riesling Collection, a collection of 81 rieslings from 27 wine producers, making $4200.
“This would have to be the most buoyant, fully supported Barossa auction in history,” auctioneer Andrew Caillard said.
“The results illustrate a belief amongst both Barossa winemakers and international buyers that the Barossa is, and will be, the classic wine region of Australia for years to come.”
Final results for the full auction will be published after the online bidding closes at 7pm on Friday, April 21.
This year’s auction also saw the introduction of the Barossa Seal of Provenance, in an effort to combat wine counterfeiting.
All bottles sold through the auction featured this tamper proof Seal of Provenance, featuring a unique code as a point of verification for the life of the wine.
The seal will protect the security and integrity of the bidders investment.