Great opportunities don’t come around every day, and in the case of Langton’s Classification, don’t come around often at all.
Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine is the foremost form guide to the best performing wines in the Australian market and the preeminent wine classification of ‘new world’ wines, and it only happens once every four years.
In September, the seventh edition of Langton’s Classification will tour Australia, offering punters the chance to taste 136 of Australia’s very best wines.
The concept of the Classification revolves around a wine’s reputation and track record at auction – the volume of demand it attracts and the prices it realises. Because Langton’s was the first auction house in Australia to focus exclusively on wine it had unique access to reliable independent information on the price-movements and patterns experienced over time by favoured wines. Today Langton’s Classification is arguably the most famous and widely-respected wine Classification outside Europe.
The first Classification in 1990 had two tiers – ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Excellent’. But the ‘Outstanding’ category had two divisions – Outstanding (A) occupied by Penfolds Grange alone, and Outstanding (B) which included another six wines being Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz, Mount Mary Cabernets, Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, Petaluma Coonawarra, Wynns Coonawarra Estate John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, and Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No. 1 all of which feature in the current, Sixth Edition Classification2018’s Classification.
Even today, the primacy of Penfolds Grange is unchanged, it was, and still remains the cornerstone of the secondary market for Australian wine. However, with 13 new additions to its Seventh Edition, we must wait until September 1st to see exactly who has made the cut.
Today the Langton’s Classification is aimed at anyone with an interest in fine wine, be it connoisseurs, collectors or investors. The events provide those enthusiasts with the chance to sample and discuss Australia’s most respected wines with representatives from the winery’s, and of course, speculate amongst each other.
Unfortunately, for Sydney and Melbourne folks, tickets to sample the 20 odd wines from Langton’s Exceptional Classification are now sold out, though there is a waiting list. For but those keen to taste the best from Clonakilla, Giaconda, Grosset, Moss Wood, Penfolds and Wendouree can still purchase tickets for Canberra, Adelaide, Perth or Brisbane, or contact [email protected] to join Sydney and Melbourne waiting lists.
Never fear though, for $150 punters in all major cities can still taste all of Langton’s Outstanding and Excellent Classified Wines from names like Best’s, Greenock Creek, Henschke, Lake’s Folly, Rockford and St Henri – all equally significant names in Australian wine!
Langton’s Classification VII kicks off in September touring each city on the following dates:
Sydney – September 1
Melbourne – September 5
Canberra – September 7
Adelaide – September 12
Perth – September 16
Brisbane – September 19
To purchase tickets and to find out more about the event head to Langton’s.