Week in Review 05-05-18
Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Review
We’ve been in the cellar again. This time we’ve pulled out our last 24 bottles of Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1996. A South Australia beast on release, this 707 has has 20 years of perfect cellaring and we’re releasing it at its peak. In prime condition, this Bin 707 should stay the course through 2030. You can buy it by the bottle but there’s a special price on the 3-pack. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
This week we had a star Australian winemaker visit us at Langton’s HQ. Phillip Jones, of Bass Phillip, makes the best Pinot Noir in Australia though sadly he doesn’t make enough. Not nearly enough to satisfy demand. His Reserve is the only Pinot in the top tier of the Langton’s Classification, the result of the hawkish pursuit of his wines by the Auction following public. The Crown Prince is the staple wine in Phillip Jones extraordinary Pinot Noir portfolio and our Brokers tasted the latest this week.
This week, we released Margaret River royalty in the shape of the 2015 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay (now sold out), we had a look at the Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and we also celebrated International Sauvignon Blanc Day with the latest vintage from Cloudy Bay. Oh, and there was a value Pinot Noir mix that proved very popular. A Regional Pinot Dozen for $240? Why wouldn’t it be popular? If you want to have a look at these wines and more, read on.
See the full Wines of the Week here.
Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
"Full red-purple; concentrated, ripe, cassis and blackberry fruit leaps from the glass, with oak present but trailing behind. The palate is as rich, ripe, succulent and concentrated as the bouquet suggests, redolent with cassis, and long, lingering tannins."
97 points, James Halliday
Bass Phillip Wines
Pinot Noir 2016
Now is your chance to ensure your supply of the new-vintage 2016 Crown Prince, the staple wine of Bass Phillip’s phenomenal Pinot Noir portfolio.
"…some of the best Pinot Noir I’ve drunk in my whole life, from anywhere, of any age."
Rob Geddes MW
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
"Deep red/purple colour, with a lightly toasty bouquet… the palate intense and fresh, clean and lively, with brilliant depth of dark and red berry fruit flavours… a more elegant style of Moss Wood, but still concentrated, and a long-term keeper. This is a great Moss Wood cabernet."
98 points, Huon Hooke
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A fresh, clean Sauv Blanc showing signature gooseberry and grassy notes, 3% of Cloudy Bay Sauv Blanc sees oak adding a little extra complexity to instantly likeable wine.
"Unlike many of its contemporaries, this wine does not have a hard acidity… Good purity and power with a lengthy finish."
94 points, Bob Campbell
This week we also released the tickets to two Jim Barry Masterclasses. These exclusive, sit-down events will be led by third-generation Sam Barry. Enjoy food matched to the nine wines on show starting with Australia’s first Assyrtiko, through new and cellar-aged Florita Riesling to six vintages of The Armagh (Langton’s Classified Exceptional) from the current release to the stunning 2000. For lovers and collectors of premium Australia Shiraz, this is a can’t-miss event. There will also be pre-release access to the latest 2014 vintage as well as privileged access to the Jim Barry museum wines. Secure your place at this premium Langton’s event now!
The Langton's Team