Langton's Cabernet Collector's Case & Bonus Magnum
The pedigree of the wines, and the makers, here is indisputable. James Halliday has scored these Australian Cabernets and blends consistently in the high 90s and predicted a prodigiously long life ahead for each.
With a retail price of $445 for the base six-pack and the addition of the bonus 2002 Magnum of Howard Park worth $110 per bottle alone, the Langton’s Cabernet Collector’s case offers immediate value.
This already cellared collection is available in strictly limited quantities. We can only offer as many packs as there are bottles of this museum magnum.
'Made from the revered Reynell Selection of cabernet vines grown on the best portions of the estate Abbey Vineyard, plus 3.3% Petit Verdot. Fermentation and skin maceration took 35 days; matured in new French thick-staved Chateau barrels, held for 3 years in temperature-controlled storage. It is a monumental wine, still a decade or more away from its best, flooded with regional mulberry, cassis and a faint hint of mint, the tannins in shape, the cedary oak in balance.'
96 points, Wine Companion, July 2015.
'Still bright crimson-purple; a totally delicious and stylish Bordeaux blend; the bouquet is fragrant, the medium to full-bodied palate swoops high and low with cassis, spice, bay leaf, cedary oak and beautifully detailed tannins - and only 13.5% alcohol.'
97 points, Wine Companion, March 2016.
'It's an inky, full-bodied, muscular wine with blackcurrant, bay leaf, graphite and wood smoke flavours powering through the palate. It acts as though it's the last authority on cabernet sauvignon; every step along the way it feels in total command.'
96 points, Wine Companion, February 2018.
'Estate-grown, hand-picked, open-fermented, matured in French oak for 13 months. A wine of elegance and finesse, reflecting the ‘do nothing' philosophy in its crafting. It's only medium-bodied, but the perfume of the bouquet tells you something's up and it's the purity of its cassis fruit that has the syren call allure on the finish of the long, lingering palate.'
97 points, Wine Companion, September 2018.
'The bouquet shows the first signs of development via nuances of spice and earth. The palate is still bracing and fresh, cassis and redcurrant on the same page. These different personas are simply an intermediate stage before the wine moves on to a lingering plateau measured in decades not years.'
97 points, Wine Companion, July 2018.
'Machine-harvested, crushed and destemmed, 5-10 days on skins with cultured yeast, matured for 39 months in French and American oak (52% new). This has always been an iconic wine, and the bright crimson colour is a great start, quickly followed by beautifully pitched cassis/blackcurrant fruit and finely shaped tannins in perfect balance. There's not much to say about this wine, so perfect is the balance and mouthfeel.'
97 points, Wine Companion, February 2018.
Perfectly ripened cabernet fruit; luscious blackcurrant tempered by just a touch of olive and earth; tannins and oak (20 months French) perfectly integrated.
95 points, Wine Companion, February 2005.