Week in Review 07-04-18
Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Review
Coonawarra and the Pfalz. How’s that for a double?
In this last, another short week, these two wine regions -- a bit over 15,000km apart -- came together on our tasting bench.
Equally impressive, in their different ways, were the Coonawarra Cabernets of Parker Coonawarra Estate (including the 2015 vintage of the Langton’s Classified ‘First Growth’ Cabernet) and the fine, dry Rieslings of Dr Bürklin-Wolf. Watch this space.
And now it’s time to introduce our Wines of the Week.
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 2014
Here is your chance to own this first among Bordeaux first-growths, the best of Pauillac and therefore (arguably) the best of the best. It is perhaps the world’s most sought-after wine.
‘Incredible… subtle… great depth and complexity… Vibrant. A sexy style of Mouton.’
99 points, James Suckling
Essential Coonawarra Cabernet Dozen
Premium Cabernet Sauvignon is the very essence of Coonawarra. This dozen includes three bottles from each of four top producers -- Wynns (Black Label, 2015), Parker (Terra Rossa, 2016), Zema (2013) and Leconfield (2016).
Kilikanoon Parable Shiraz 2016
A reminder to place your order for the new, 2016 Parable (if you haven’t already), given the following it has enjoyed (for at least 10 vintages now) among Langton’s customers.
As usual, Parable delivers fully on Kilikanoon's promise of rich, smooth Shiraz, and on McLaren Vale's promise of powerful, dark, cherry/berry and spicy/sweet flavours with dark chocolate on the side.
Confidential 2012 Hunter Valley Semillon
This six-year-old, single-vineyard Semillon from a leading exponent of the variety is great drinking now and has a golden future. It also has 95 points and a red star for value.
R Wines JP Belle-Terroir Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2005
"The nose is liqueur-like with fragrant blueberry and blackberry aromas that leap from the glass. Thick, rich, and dense, on the palate it is full-bodied yet surprisingly light on its feet. It neatly conceals enough tannin to age for 6-8 years and this lengthy effort should have a drinking window open from 2015 to 2035."
The Wine Advocate
LANGTON’S CLASSIFICATION OF AUSTRALIAN WINE
Langton’s Classification is universally recognised as the independent ‘form guide’ to fine Australian wine.
With Classification VII due for release in September, Langton’s Adrian Read provides some background and explains the importance of the Classification The 'Form Guide' to fine Australian Wine here.
The launch of Classification VII will be celebrated with the most important public wine tastings to be held in Australia since the release of Classification VI in 2014, featuring our finest wines poured by their owners, their makers and leading wine industry identities.
Classification VII tastings will be held in major cities around Australia. They will sell out within a day or two when tickets go on sale later in the year.