Week in Review 02-06-18
Saturday, June 02, 2018 in Review
Many a marriage of quality and value this week, from the instantly recognisable to one of our own uncovered gems (ex NZ). For Moss Wood’s flagship 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ray Jordan’s recent score of 98 points in the West Australian underscored what legions already knew about Australia’s ‘Most Collected Cabernet’ … that after 40+ vintages, this Margaret River icon shows no sign of slowing down.
From the canonical to the up-and-coming, this week also saw our initial tasting and release of Nga Waka’s 2016 Estate Pinot Noir. The 2016 continues an impressive streak, having earned a 95 point score from Bob Campbell and drinking beautifully now, keeping Nga Waka firmly in the race as a solid contender for our best value premium Pinot import of the moment.
Though the demand, in some cases, exceeded our supply (as was the case with this week’s Confidential McLaren Vale GSM, which, at half-price, sold out in record time), stocks of some others … like this week’s pre-release of Pierro Chardonnay, the official release of which is today … do remain for the keen-eyed and quick-fingered to snap up.
See the full Wines of the Week here.
Moss Wood Vineyard
Margaret River 2015
Langton’s Classified ‘Exceptional’
98 points, Ray Jordan
98 points, Huon Hooke
95 points, Bob Campbell
Having spent nearly 30 years in the Langton’s Classification, this Margaret River original remains in fighting form, this week earning yet another sky-high score of 98 from Ray Jordan in the West Australian who called it, “A wonderful statement of cabernet at its best.” We’d be inclined to agree.
Here’s a mixed dozen of Australian Rieslings, selected for the inimitable qualities this varietal takes on as it ages, a phenomenon the German call “firne” – essentially meaning “well-seasoned.” Each of the four Rieslings selected display “firne” with flair, ranging from 93 to 97 Halliday points apiece, and all are more than deserving of a place in your cellar.
Nga Waka Estate
Since making its Langton’s debut, Nga Waka has developed something of a cult following across several of its ranges, and their Estate Pinot Noir is no exception. Pedigree, meet price-point.
“…black-fleshed plum, dark berry, a hint of spice, anise and a seasoning of subtle oak. Impressive purity and energy. An elegant wine that should develop well in bottle.”
95 points, Bob Campbell, MW
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Riesling Henty 2018
After this week’s release of the 2016 St. Peters Shiraz and the initial flurry of high scores that have greeted it thus far, our thoughts turned to the Drumborg Riesling – each vintage since 2013 having earned 97 points or higher from James Halliday. We have no reason to believe this year’s vintage will break the streak.
Purchase any 6 pack of Seppelt wine and receive 1 ticket to our exclusive Sydney tasting with winermaker Adam Carnaby*.
Margaret River 2017
One of only two Langton’s Classified Chardonnays from Margaret River, this week saw the much anticipated Langton’s pre-release of the 2017 Pierro. After 14 consecutive vintages scored 94 points or higher by James Halliday, supplies have been flying. We suggest you secure your allocation quickly.
“…role model for so many of Australia’s more opulent and hedonistically-proportioned Chardonnays… a stunning expression of Margaret River…”
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New Zealand’s Central Otago is home to a small sub-region called Bannockburn that some refer to as the “Pinot Noir sweet spot” – and it’s from this storied locale that these two single vineyard wines hail. The Mansons Farm and Long Gully vary in individual style, but equal one another in pure, unadulterated quality.
Yesterday marked the official beginning of winter, and in much of the country, this transition has been keenly felt.
It’s the perfect opportunity to squirrel away treasures to see you through the chill – and like the most industrious of creatures, the sooner your cellar is stocked, the sooner you can relax with your reward.
Peruse our catalogue, as well as the weekend’s auctions – closing at 7pm on Sunday night – and enjoy the hunt.
The Langton's Team
*150 tickets available only. One (1) six pack purchase equals one (1) ticket to the event. There is no limit to how many tickets one customer can acquire. Tickets are not redeemable for cash. A Langton's representative will be in contact within two working days of eligible purchases to provide confirmation of event attendance. Event details: Wednesday 13 June 2018 – 7pm, Langton’s HQ, Level 1, 26 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010