Week in Review 07-07-18
Saturday, July 07, 2018 in News
The Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet from Lindeman’s is always a received very warmly at Langton’s – both in our Broker tastings and with our customer. An Australian combination of Shiraz and Cabernet made from fruit sourced from 45-year-old vines. The result is a full-bodied, juicy, rich, complex and bold classic red wine – the enduring popularity of this wine has earned a berth in the Excellent tier of the Langton’s Classification.
If it’s classic Australians you like, the Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2014 from Glaetzer is available at price point you’ll love. Under $20 a bottle (per dozen), the Wallace stood out in a tasting against higher priced wines as the bang-per-buck pick. In that same tasting, the Journey Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016 garnered similar praise around quality and value. The price may be higher than the Wallace but it’s right on point for a Yarra Valley Pinot of this quality. We also released a Coonawarra Cabernet mixed dozen that simply flew off our (online) shelves.
In the rarefied air, north of three figures, we added to our Brunello di Montalcino portfolio with the brilliant latest releases from Casanova di Neri. Highly We also released a three-vintage vertical of the Clarendon Hills Astralis with the 2005, 2006 and 2008 each receiving headline review and scores from Robert Parker and, his successor as Wine Advocate editor in chief, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW.
As the Astralis is Classified Exceptional, this collection is eligible for our ‘Win an Exceptional Cellar’ competition with a prize worth more than $10,000. Interested? Of course you are, - Win an Exceptional Wine Cellar competition!
See the full Wines of the Week here.
Shiraz Cabernet 2013
Langton's Classified - Excellent
"The colour is excellent, the bouquet and palate likewise; blackberry, blackcurrant and mulberry are the flavour vectors of the medium to full-bodied palate, although oak also has its say. Lovely wine."
96 points James Halliday
Shiraz Grenache 2014
One of the hits of the week, and we’ve had a few. Ben Glaetzer makes this traditional Barossa blend using grapes from Shiraz vines between 60 and 80 years old and even older Grenache vines, some well over the century. He uses his skills to make sure the Wallace is savoury and balanced (not too rich).
"Definitely a cut above…I like the back label description of ‘decadent yet reserved, rich yet restrained'…"
95 points, James Halliday
Pinot Noir 2016
Ex-Tetsuya sommelier Damian North left behind the world of fine dining to make the kind of wine he wanted to recommend and drink. After cutting his teeth for five years in Oregon and backing that up with another five years at Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River, he settled in the Yarra Valley.
He now makes the kind of Pinot (and Chardonnay for that matter) that he wants to drink, and you should too. Light in colour, on the palate and nose, when you try this wait for the double take. There’s a depth and complexity that ghosts in under a veil of approachability. You’ll like this wine, immediately. Just why you’ll recommend it to your friends may require a few more tastes.
Astralis Vertical 3-pack
Roman Bratasiuk is ‘one of planet earth's greatest winemakers’(Robert Parker)
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2005
"A great classic… Remarkably elegant for a wine of such power and intensity…"
98-100 points, Robert M. Parker
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2006
"This big, rich, and powerful full-bodied… and is very long on the finish."
99 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2008
"The 2008 Astralis Vineyard Syrah is a bit of a triumph given the vintage."
97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Casanova di Neri
Brunello di Montalcino
Casanova di Neri has been producing their ‘White Label’ Brunello di Montalcino since 1978. Their commitment to the land, precision in the vineyard and the winery and their clonal selection Sangiovese all play a part in producing this classic Brunello. Know for its elegance and ability to age over the long term, the additional vinification time allows for early drinking with some good decanting. 94 points, Ian d’Agata, Vinous
Coonawarra Cabernet Mix Dozen
Coonawarra Cabernet speaks eloquently for itself. The four fine wines in this mixed-dozen (one of them Langton’s Classified) may have slightly different accents, but they’re all speaking the same beautiful language, loud and clear. There are no make-weights here. All four of the wines in this mixed dozen (three bottles of each) exemplify all that’s great about the proven partnership of Coonawarra, the region, and Cabernet Sauvignon, the grape variety.
That’s it for this week from the team at Langton’s.
Keep an eye on your emails (or talk to your broker) about a very special announcement coming later next week.
The Langton's Team
* AU resid. (excl. NT) 18+ only. To enter, spend $500 or more in 1 transaction on any wine/s currently featured in the Sixth Edition of Langton's Classification of Australian Wine via Langton's online store or brokerage, during the Promotional Period. Starts: 18/06/18 12:01 am AEST. Ends 19/08/18 11:59 pm AEST. T&Cs apply, see Full Terms & Conditions here. ACT TP 18/00966 , NSW LTPS/18/25071 SA T18/901. Drink Responsibly.