Cape Mentelle, Cullen, Devil’s Lair, Houghton’s, Leeuwin Estate, Howard Park, Moss Wood, Pierro, Plantagenet, Vasse Felix, Voyager Estate and Xanadu
Bidding is now open online and closes online at 6pm WA time (9pm Sydney/Melbourne time) on November 12. A catalogue tasting prior to the auction – Barrel Cellar, Voyager Estate, Margaret River WA – will be held 12 November 4.00pm - 5.30pm.
Langton’s Great Wine Estates of Western Australia Live Auction (V) will be held in Margaret River at Voyager Estate on Saturday 12 November 2005. For wine enthusiasts and investors, this sale represents an outstanding opportunity to taste and secure rare museum wines as well as ‘futures’ barrels of Cabernet, Shiraz and Chardonnay from twelve of Western Australia’s benchmark producers. If you wish to bid live by phone please contact email@example.com by Thursday 10 November.
The bi-annual Langton’s Great Wine Estates of Western Australia Live Auction highlights the very best wines of Western Australia to a national and worldwide wine audience. The auction was established in 1997 with the help of David Hohnen – the founder of Cape Mentelle – who believed strongly in the strength of character, generosity of spirit and individuality of Western Australian wine.
The baton this year has been passed to Alex Wright and her team at Voyager Estate, a winery which has established an extremely fine reputation in recent years. While the auction has always had a strong focus on Margaret River – reflecting the reality of the market place, it also embraces the Lower Great Southern – which is fast emerging as an important wine region for collectors.
Howard Park, Houghton and Vasse Felix ‘dip’ into this high quality regional fruit for their ultra-cuvees. Plantagenet this year will offer a barrel of its quintessential Mount Barker Shiraz – a wine that is a remarkable and important foil to the genre of Australian Shiraz. Most of the wines in the auction, however, are of course Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon blends, some of the very best and most highly prized in Australia. There is something special about these wines. They reflect extraordinary diversity of style, winemaking philosophies and interesting personalities.
I am utterly convinced that Margaret River is one of the great wine regions of the world, notwithstanding that wine has only been made here for 40 years! And the progress of other regions in Western Australia – especially the Lower Great Southern – is impressive. These rolling ancient landscapes punctuated by stands of karri and marri trees and lying underneath a huge southern sky are uniquely Western Australian.
The Great Wine Estates Auction brings together a compelling body of work made by remarkable people. The charity component, which will raise funds for the important Busselton Population Medical Research Foundation, continues the theme of collaboration, uniqueness and difference with artist labels and designs by noted and emerging Western Australian artists. This auction is a very great opportunity to enjoy and participate in one of Australia’s most enjoyable and important wine auction events.
Busselton Population Medical Research Foundation Charity Lots
The imperials offered in this auction have been generously donated by the participating wineries and each bottle has been decorated by a local artist.
The Busselton Population Medical Research Foundation was established in 1966 by Dr Kevin Cullen the co-founder of Cullen Winery. This detailed, long term study of the entire population of Busselton has provided invaluable information on chronic health disorders and diseases – their risk factors, and most importantly, their relationship to lifestyle and environmental factors. The study of 12,000 people ranks in size only to the Framingham Study in the United States and has given rise to many papers published worldwide on cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, asthma and immunology. This study has provided a better understanding of the importance of diet, exercise and creative recreational pursuits in maintaining a healthy and productive life for all Australian’s and the wider community. Please bid generously and recklessly for this great cause! All proceeds including Langton’s Buyer’s Premium will be donated.
Barrels – 225 litres
Each of the Great Wine Estates of Western Australia is offering a barrel of their flagship wine for auction. The barrel is offered as a single lot comprising a 25 case (a case equals 12 x 750ml bottles) parcel of wine.
The barrels are sold ex-cellars and on release. All wines will be bottled in 750ml bottles and packaged ‘ready for market’. Successful buyers will receive, after payment, a copy of the paid invoice signed by Langton’s guaranteeing completion of the sale. Copies are retained by both winemaker and Langtons for validation purposes.
The marvellously concentrated and muscular single vineyard Cape Mentelle Margaret River Cabernet is a benchmark style with cedar/mocha/blackcurrant fruit characters and chocolaty/sinewy tannin structure. The wine ages beautifully in the bottle; roasted coffee/cigar box nuances develop and the tannins soften out. This is an absolutely top notch Margaret River Cabernet from a great single vineyard.
Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot is about freshness, complexity, structure and suppleness. When young the wines have pronounced cassis and cedar aromas with fine, beautifully ripe tannins. Earthy, anise, gamy aromas and flavours develop with age. Cullen has recently adopted biodynamic viticulture to “achieve greater individuality of site through working with nature rather than against it”. Pure bottled philosophy!
Devil’s Lair Chardonnay is an utterly seductive, beautifully balanced and complex wine. This is a compelling example of the Margaret River vernacular with superb clarity of fruit, creaminess, concentration and fine long acidity. The low yielding incredibly consistent Devil’s Lair vineyard is one of Margaret River’s finest vineyard sites. Stuart Pym brings extra dimension and personality through highly intuitive winemaking.
Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Malbec Shiraz honours the late Jack Mann, a pioneer of the Western Australian wine industry. Sourced largely from Great Southern fruit, the wine is a very deep concentrated style with intense mocha-berry fruit, plenty of vanilla/malt oak and savoury/textured tannins. This is a very appealing and classic cellaring style with immense fruit sweetness, power and balance.
Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon blend is a multi-region five-vineyard WA blend. This beautifully concentrated house style is noted for its intense, blackcurrant, blackberry, briary aromas, balance and fine tannin structure. The majority of the wine comes from Mount Barker and Porongurup with some parcels from Margaret River. Opulence underlying power and concentration are all hallmarks of the style.
Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay is a rare, long-lived wine with superb fruit definition showing a balance between exuberant fruit and savoury complexity. The palate is creamy yet a fine bead of acid cuts a swathe across the palate giving life and incredible length. With bottle age the wine becomes a harmonious whole with beautifully defined grapefruit/melon aromas and complex lanolin nuances.
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon is perfumed and finely structured with cassis aromas, hints of cedar and touches of violet. Extended oak aging and the introduction of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot have made the wine deeper in colour, more aromatic and textured. The oak and fruit are very neatly balanced. With age, the wine develops earth/demi-glace briar characters and complexity and suppleness.
Pierro Chardonnay is considered one of Australia’s most characterful and delicious white wines. The stoney, closely planted, beautifully sited vineyard lies in the central Willyabrup sub region of Margaret River. This classically proportioned Chardonnay possesses incredible fruit intensity, generosity of flavour, complexity and concentration. A fresh indelible acidity cuts across the palate giving further dimension.
Plantagenet Shiraz is a definitive Great Southern style with pepper/ spice/ aniseed aromas, underlying oak and fine lacy tannins. The wine derives mainly from the estate’s cool climate Bouverie and Wyjup vineyards. The Charleston Vineyard component – from a warmer meso-climate – brings “density and generosity”. All vineyards are located on the rise of a hill and facing north.
Vasse Felix Heytesbury Cabernet Blend (from the best vintage parcels) is a house style rather than single vineyard offering drawing fruit from Margaret River and Lower Great Southern. It is a remarkably complex, balanced and fresh wine with “restrained power and opulence” showing intense cranberry blackcurrant aromas, cedary nuances and plenty of fruit sweetness and fine tannin structure.
Voyager Estate is making highly seductive and charismatic wines with superb regional definition. Its winemaker Cliff Royle is regarded by critics as one of the most gifted winemakers of his generation. The highly perfumed and well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon is extremely impressive; one of the most important emerging wines from the region.
Xanadu Lagan Reserve Cabernet – a single vineyard offering – is a refined and remarkable cellaring style showing plenty of balance and complexity. The classical blackcurrant cedar aromas and fine grained muscular tannins evoke strong sub-regional character. With such strong structure and concentration the wine has plenty of stuffing to go the full distance.
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