James Halliday Auctions - Coming Soon
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in News
The original version of this article was published by James Halliday's Wine Companion.
Once the world learns of the wines rated top in the annual Qantas epiQure Halliday Wine Companion Awards, the competition to secure the winning wines can be fierce.
Immediately after the awards ceremony on the evening of August 2, more than 1,000 bottles from the newly crowned producers will go on sale through the annual Langton’s awards auction – plus some extra special lots sourced from James’ private cellar...
The week prior to the ceremony is therefore a busy one for our Head of Auctions Tamara Grischy, spent sourcing cases direct from the country’s most celebrated wineries under a veil of secrecy. She explains: “While it’s not quite a case of procuring unlabelled crates in dark alleys, the preparations for the auction are certainly hush-hush.
“We’ve managed to secure wines from every awards category this year and the fact they all come with the strongest of testimonials from James Halliday makes it a great introduction for those who haven’t bid for wine online before,” she adds.
The auction remains open for a fortnight to give wine lovers plenty of time to peruse back vintages of the winning wines as well as the coveted current releases.
Securing your bottles before the masses catch on, or stocks run out, is one of the key attractions of the auction. The 2016 Wine of the Year (Serrat Shiraz Viognier 2014) famously jumped from $42 to $200 and then $466 per bottle, before eventually commanding $2000 in a charity auction.
Tamara says: “It’s always exciting to watch the bidding activity for the Wine of the Year, but we’ll also have lots from producers that people won’t have seen at auction before including the Best New Winery.”
For the first time, this year’s awards auction will run in tandem with an auction of 17 rare magnums brought up from the private cellar of James Halliday. Among the highlights of the Australian and European-flavoured collection (pictured) is a 1979 Brokenwood Hermitage Cabernet Sauvignon, 1996 Penfolds Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1995 Louis Roederer Cristal and 1996 Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux.
“This exclusive side-auction provides a snapshot of James’ collecting history and compliments the best Australian wines of the year, it’s going to be difficult to choose what to bid on,” says Tamara.
The evening of Wednesday August 2nd will see the announcement of this year's winners, and the two auctions above will go live at 11pm that night.
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