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Langton's Top 500 Australian Wine Prices 2015

Key Observations

Magnum prices & demand is an Australian trend – exciting but volatile market. Demand for back vintages buoyant and prices maintaining near top end estimates. Demand and the lack of price sensitivity for Australian wines from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s reveal the market’s thirst for wines which are classic, scarce and provide an experience; taste of history. The depletion of classic old Australian vintages has been a remarkable feature of the Australian fine wine scene. Proportionally it is very high yet corresponds to relatively small production levels. Hence why Penfolds enjoys a prominent position. Giaconda Chardonnay, with an average bottle price of $180, is the only white wine in Langton’s top 500 Australian wine auction prices. It underscores Rick Kinzbrunner’s reputation and Beechworth’s potential.

  • Langton's Top 500 Combined bottles at Auction for 2015 here
  • Langton's Top 500 Australian bottles at Auction for 2015 here
  • Langton's Top 500 Single Bottles (750ml) at Auction for 2015 here

Penfolds Trumps again!

Penfolds has enjoyed a leading position on the Australian secondary market for decades. In 2015 Penfolds represented an unmatched 32% of Top 500 Australian wine prices.

  • Full Grange sets - a distinctive phenomenon at $186K per set at auction. Most expensive item sold in 2015.
  • Penfolds Wine Recorking Clinics have created longstanding value and confidence in the Penfolds brand – because almost all poorly stored wine is weeded out of the system before auction. This smart after sale service protects brand & secondary market performance.
  • Grange from the 1960 to 1965 I snow consistently achieving $1600+ per bottle.
  • Penfolds offer value - Odd Penfolds vintages such 1987 and 1989 perform well revealing great value buying and affordable accessibility at $390 per bottle.

 

Top 10 Australian – 750mls - Price Increases

        1. 1971 PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia – 95% increase (FY14-$886 –FY15- $2098) The world’s greatest wine of the 1970s - Penfolds 1971 Grange came out on top in a recent tasting held in Europe that aimed to identify the greatest wines of the 1970s.
        2. 1938 YALUMBA Lot 58 Sydney Claret, South Eastern Australia – 77% increase (FY13-$294 – FY15-$1282)
        3. 1901 SEPPELTSFIELD 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny Port, Barossa Valley - 76%increase (FY09-$834 – FY15-$3496)
        4. 1964 PENFOLDS Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia – 71%increase (FY12-$1496 – FY15-$5244) first vintage made for Bin 707. Note a Block 42 Kalimna vineyard wine.
        5. 1953 PENFOLDS Bin 9A Grange Cabernet Shiraz, South Australia - 64% increase (FY02-$5496 – FY15-$15145) Extremely rare, first release of Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet - noted by Penfolds as a special bin wine
        6. 1878 SEPPELTSFIELD 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny Port, Barossa Valley - 61%increase (FY06-$1340 – FY15-$3495)
        7. 1962 PENFOLDS Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet-Kalimna Shiraz – 42% increase (FY14-$4460 – FY15-$8153) An Australian legendary wine and was listed in Decanter Magazine’s Top 10 ranking ‘wines to try before you die’.
        8. 1953 PENFOLDS Bin 2 Grange Hermitage, South Australia – 40%increase (FY12-$13900 – FY15 - $23,300) 5 star classic Penfolds vintage.
        9. 1963 PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia – 40% increase (FY14-$1533 – FY15 - $2589) – 5 star classic Penfolds vintage
        10. 1960 PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia – 36% increase (FY14-$1632 – FY15- $2589)

 

Special note ** 2014 SERRAT Close Planted Shiraz Viognier, Yarra Valley – 1009% increase (FY15 retail price -$42 – FY15auction -$466)

 

Langton’s Classified Exceptional Wineries – 75% of top 500 prices are from Langton’s Classified

Exceptional wine marques:

  • Penfolds 160 listings
  • Henschke 45 listings
  • Rockford 32 listings
  • Wendouree 18 listings
  • Torbreck 17 listings
  • Chris Ringland/Three Rivers 16 listings
  • Clarendon Hills 15 Listings
  • Bass Phillip 13 listings
  • Jim Barry 14 listings
  • Wynns 12 listings
  • Giaconda 9 listings
  • Moss Wood 8 listings
  • Mount Mary 8 listings
  • Brokenwood 5 listings
  • Seppeltsfield 3 listings
  • Cullen 2 listings
  • Clonakilla 1 listing

 

Key points

South Australia and Barossa Valley dominate the listings

41% of listings from vintages 1878 – 1990

38% listings from 2000 onwards.

11% of listings 1878 to 1959 with average price per bottle -$3809

The youngest wine in the Top 500 - 2014 SERRAT Close Planted Shiraz Viognier, Yarra Valley - $466.00

The oldest wine in the top 500 - Oldest wine sold 1878 SEPPELTSFIELD 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny Port, Barossa Valley - $3495.00

Average Top 500 price per bottle - $810

Top price paid for Australian 750ml bottle - 1951 Penfolds Bin 1 Grange - $46,600

 

2015 Top 500 (including Imported wines and all bottle formats)

Top Price –Australia - Set PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1951 - 2010, South Australia -$186,400

Top Price – Imported - 2005 Magnum DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE-CONTI, La Tache -$13,980

Top Price – Imported 750mls – 2006 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE-CONTI, Romanee-Conti -$10, 718

40% of Top 500 from Australian producers

53% of Top 500 from French producers

 

Top 5 Predictions

1. Prices will continue to grow for back vintages of Australian wine due to depletion and scarcity.

2. Demand for birth year propels price for even average vintages. Look out for vintages ending in 6.

3. Third party endorsements will continue to push price - James Halliday Wine of the year – 2014

SERRAT Close Planted Shiraz Viognier, Yarra Valley - $466

4. Shiraz will continue its domination of the market for aged fine wine.

5. Rising interest in rare extravagant spirits such as Grande Champagne Cognac and Single malt

whisky.

 

TOP 10 Most Demanded Wineries FY15 – Volume Of Bidding

1. Woodlands, Margaret River

2. Hentley Farm, Barossa Valley

3. Head, Barossa Valley (Alex Head was the former NSW manager of Langton’s)

4. Penfolds Bin 389

5. Penfolds Grange

6. Kay Bros, McLaren Vale

7. Bass Phillip, Gippsland

8. Rockford, Barossa Valley

9. Penfolds Bin 707

10. Torbreck, Barossa Valley

 

*Note all prices quoted inc. Buyer’s Premium

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