Week in Review 21-04-18
Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Review
The watchword this week is ‘value.’ Last week it was high-end Bordeaux, next week there’ll Krug (sneak peek) but this week has been end-to-end value from Geoff Merrill, Henschke, Woodlands and more…
For Langton’s, the first measure of value is quality rather than price. So, for us, a $50 wine can be ‘better value’ than a $20 bottle. And this week has been one value offer after another. From our international mix to celebrate Malbec Day to a regional Riesling collection to the new release Apple Tree Bench from Henschke.
There are also two three-bottle mixes from New Zealand from two small producers that take care in the vineyard and the winery to the next levels. Kusuda and Cambridge Road are two neighbours who produce relatively few wines in a painstaking manner to express place and variety in the best way. Carrying anyone of these six wines to your next dinner party is going to result in some serious cult wine cred.
See the full Wines of the Week here.
Red Heads Whip-Hand Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale 2006
A miniature-Molly, a blockbuster, a massive, somewhat Napa-style Cabernet, that comes from a single vineyard in McLaren Vale at an incredible price. ‘Whip Hand’ has been quietly brooding for the last ten years, and now we’re not so much releasing as unleashing the power of this bronco.
“…an expansive palate loaded with succulent, layered, spicy fruit with significant complexity…”
94 Points - Wine Advocate
Rare as hens teeth in Australia, this is a Langton’s Museum Release in pristine condition, coming right into its ideal drinking window. Check the price. That’s as close as makes no difference to the current vintage elsewhere, and well below the price of so many of its stylistic contemporaries. This is every bottle we have. Buy now. Once it’s gone, it’s gone!
Geoff Merrill Jacko's Shiraz 2012
" Matured for 24 months in American oak (20% new). A deliciously fresh and vibrant wine underlining just how great the '12 vintage was. Multifaceted red and black berry fruits are juicy, yet have ample texture and structure. This will continue to cruise along for another decade at least. "
95 points, James Halliday
Henschke Apple Tree Bench Shiraz Cabernet 2015
A New Henschke Release
We released this wine on Tuesday and it sold out in two days! Our buying team has secured a second allocation of this new release Henschke from the ”fairytale vintage” of 2015. This is due to land our warehouse early next week and will ship once we take receipt. Those who missed out on the first allocation can secure the Apple Tree Bench 2015 now.
Kusuda Discovery 3-Pack
Kusuda Wines rank among the most sought-after and hard-to-get wines in New Zealand. These cult Kiwi wines are only available in limited quantities, so act now to secure your allocation.
“the true cost of production is many times the price of the wine. It is dedication beyond passion…”
Woodlands ‘Clémentine’ 2016
Clémentine has a Bordeaux-like French accent, rather like the wine itself, which is named for Andrew and Marie Watson’s daughter.
"Dense and brooding… spice and dried herb perfume… red and black fruit pushing through on a long and inky finish. Bordeaux coursing through its veins, but with the personality of Margaret."
94 points, Gary Walsh, Wine Front
Australian Riesling Challenge
Challenge your palate to pick the region of these premium Australian Rieslings. Exceptional value across the country, you need no longer turn automatically to the Clare Valley. This six-pack showcases five excellent Rieslings from other parts of the country, and one from the Clare – so you’ve still got a benchmark!
This week we’ve also welcomed back our intrepid En Primeur team of Jeremy Parham (General Manager) and Florian Thoelke (Senior Buyer) from a week in Bordeaux. Keep an eye out for information on and early access to the some of the greatest wines in the world. Find out all about the 2017 vintage, where it sits in comparison to previous vintages and what wines to buy.
Bordeaux En Primeur is the international wine event of the year, every year. But 2017 isn’t a straightforward brilliant vintage, there is incredible quality to be found if you know where to look. And we do, we’ve got the air miles to prove it. Have a great weekend!