South Australian wines are leading the way in the 2018 Langton’s Classification VII. Only released every four years, the Classification showcases Australia’s 136 best performing and most treasured wines, according to sales at Australia’s top wine auction.
Penfolds Grange Shiraz has held onto its title of Australia’s most collectible wine, and a further 74 South Australian wines made the list, categorised as exceptional, outstanding and excellent.
This year’s Classification includes the first ever Heritage Five category, which lists the very best wines within the exceptional category, and along with Penfolds Grange includes Henschke Hill of Grace, Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Mount Mary Quintet Cabernet Blend and Wendouree Shiraz.
The exception category also included wines from Seppeltsfield, Torbreck, Clarendon Hills, Grosset, Jim Barry, Rockford and Wynns Coonawarra Estate, while wineries including d’Arenberg, Grant Burge, Fox Creek, Charles Melton, Yalumba and Barossa Valley Estate had wines in the outstanding category.
New entrants to the Classification this year include the HJ Reserve Shiraz from McLaren Vale’s Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards, and The Standish Wine Company’s Single Vineyard Shiraz.
With so many South Australian wines in the list, it’s hardly far to go taste most of them, but you can try over 130 of them when Langton’s takes the Classification around the country. They’ll be at Adelaide Convention Centre on September 12 from 6pm. Click here for tickets.