Barossa currently celebrates the release of what is known as the ‘honour roll’ of Australian wine – the Langton’s Classification VII.
The outcome means the area 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 seven wines contain significant percentages of Barossa fruit, bringing Barossa’s inclusion to 28 per cent 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.”
According to Barossa, Wine and Grape Association, the success of Barossa’s wines in the classification underlines the exceptional quality of both the region’s viticulture and winemaking.
Further success comes from the Barossa Wine Auction, run biennially by Langton’s, which is gaining a reputation as a world-class event.
Also, sales routinely break records, such as 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 next Barossa Wine Auction will be held on April 26, 2019, with lot information and tickets for the live auction available in mid-December this year.
Barossa wines to make Langton’s Classification VII list:
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