Langton's 2013 Annual Review
Sunday, December 01, 2013 in Review
Langton’s has proudly unveiled the inaugural Langton’s Annual Review, a look back over the year in fine wine. A snapshot of the most popular wines traded through Langton’s in 2013, it’s a picture of the real world of fine wine through the drinking lens of the customer.
Langton’s overall fine wine marketplace attracts a diverse range of customers including every day drinkers, wine trade buyers, wine producers, suppliers and collectors. Its fine wine specialists and brokers are in regular contact with Langton’s clientele on both sides of the trading equation.
Rather than an esoteric wish-list of left-field, exotic varieties, or a catalogue of impossible-to-find or unaffordable 100-point wines, the annual review of Australian and New Zealand wines is compiled through the prism of Langton’s customers’ buying tastes and offers a brilliant insight of trends and sentiment over the past year.
Langton’s Annual Review is a compilation and distillation of the most popular wines sold through its brokerage, winery direct, general wine auction and exchange businesses, but excluding wines from Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine V (which comprises distinct rules of vintages made and auction track record before qualification).
Langton’s top 200 best-selling wines of 2013 (by volume and value of sales) were further short-listed to 50 wines through a rigorous blind tasting. The selection panel comprised Langton’s founder Andrew Caillard, MW, Head of Fine Wine, Gavin Lennard and Fine Wine Specialist, Andrea Pritzker. Langton’s Annual Review is therefore not only a review of the season’s best selling wines, but also an expert recommendation to its clientele.
Gavin Lennard says, “The Langton’s Annual Wine Review reveals to our customers a remarkable diversity of superb Australian and New Zealand wines. Ranging from $20 to $130 a bottle, these top fifty wines represent the very best and most captivating offers made by Langton’s over the last year. This list is the ultimate recommendation for fine wine drinker’s leading into Christmas. Every wine delivers wonderful quality and value. ”
Langton’s is Australia’s premier fine wine business. First established in 1988 as a fine wine auction house, it has since expanded to include exchange, brokerage and winery direct services. Accompanying Langton’s reach into the world of fine wine is an incredible network of fine wine customers and a unique perspective of the fine wine market in Australia.
The full Langton’s Annual Review, comprising tasting notes and opinion, is published below. Many of the wines are still available and can be purchased through Langton’s brokerage service.
Langton’s Annual Review 2013
The wines are presented in alphabetical order. Recommended retail prices are included as a guide only.
Wine & RRP
Amon-Ra by Ben Glaetzer Shiraz 2011,Barossa Valley $100
Arras Grand Vintage 2004, Tasmania $73
Astrolabe Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, NZ $30
Atlas 429° Clare Valley Shiraz 2010,Clare Valley $38
Balnaves of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Coonawarra $35
Bannockburn Chardonnay 2011,Geelong $60
Chardonnay By Farr 2011,Geelong $68
Coates Organically Grown McLaren Vale Syrah 2008, McLaren Vale $35
Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Martinborough, NZ $22
D’Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings GSM 2009, McLaren Vale $70
Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010, Martinborough, NZ $55
Foxes Island Fox by JB Pinot Noir 2009, Marlborough, NZ $20
Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2012, Frankland River $32
Gralyn Estate Reserve Shiraz 2009, Margaret River $120
Grosset Alea Riesling 2012, Clare Valley $35
Grosset Gaia 2010, Clare Valley $69
Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz 2009, Heathcote $75
Heirloom Eden Valley Shiraz 2010, Eden Valley $35
Hentley Farm The Beast Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley $80
Hillcrest Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2010,Yarra Valley $60
Josef Chromy Pinot Gris 2012,Tasmania $26
Primo Estate Joseph Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011,Adelaide $75
Kay Brothers Hillside Shiraz 2010, McLaren Vale $40
Kooyong Haven Pinot Noir 2011, Mornington Peninsula $75
Lenton Brae Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Margaret River $60
Mount Horrocks Riesling 2013, Clare Valley $29
Muddy Water Chardonnay 2011, Waipara, NZ $35
Oliver’s Taranga Shiraz 2010,McLaren Vale $29
Pasquale Pinot Noir 2010,Waitaki Valley, NZ $50
Pauletts Polish Hill River Cabernet Merlot 2008 Clare Valley $24
Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2011 Barossa Valley $38
Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2010 Tasmania $130
Pike & Joyce Pinot Noir 2010,Adelaide Hills $35
Pikes Eastside Shiraz 2011,Clare Valley $30
Pirathon by Kalleske Shiraz 2011,Barossa Valley $23
Primo Estate Joseph Sparkling Red NV (disgorged July 2012),McLaren Vale $70
Quartz Reef Sparkling NV (Lot L2011) Central Otago, NZ $36
Rockburn Pinot Noir 2011,Central Otago, NZ $40
Rockford Black Shiraz NV (disgorged August 2012, Barossa Valley $58
Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2012, Margaret River $35
Sangreal by Farr Pinot Noir 2011,Geelong $75
Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2011 Henty $32
Skillogalee Riesling 2012,Clare Valley $25
Summerfield Reserve Shiraz 2011 Pyrenees $50
Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Merlot Cabernet Franc 2008,Wrattonbully $75
Taylors St Andrews Riesling 2012,Clare Valley $35
Terre à Terre Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Wrattonbully $29
Toolangi Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2008,Yarra Valley $75
Torbreck The Sporran Shiraz 2011,Barossa Valley $50
Tyrrell’s Wines HVD Single Vineyard Semillon 2007,Hunter Valley $35