New Langtons Classification

Hot off the press from Langton's new Australian wine classification V:

1. Exceptional

Brokenwood Wines Graveyard Shiraz
Chris Ringland Shiraz
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah
Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
Torbreck RunRig Shiraz


2. Outstanding

Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet
Bindi Block 5 Pinot Noir
d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz
Dalwhinnie Eagle Shiraz
De Bortoli Noble One
Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Cabernet
Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz
Grosset Springvale Riesling
Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz
McWilliams Lovedale Semillon
Noon Reserve Shiraz
Penfolds 389
Penfolds St Henri
Tahbilk 1860 Vines Shiraz
Tyrells Vat 1 Semillon
Wynns John Riddoch

Parker Coonawarra First Growth Cabernet

3. Excellent

Bests Bin O Shiraz
Domaine A Cabernet
Giaconda Warner Shiraz
Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet
Katnook Prodigy Shiraz
Leo Buring Leonay Riesling
Main Ridge Half Acre Pinot Noir
Mount Mary Chardonnay
Noon Reserve Cabernet
Paringa Estate The Paringa Pinot Noir
Penfolds Magill Shiraz
Penfolds RWT Shiraz
Seppelt St Peters Shiraz
Torbreck Descendant Shiraz
Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet
Yeringberg Cabernet

Giaconda Pinot Noir
Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz
Veritas Rolf Binder Shiraz

4. Distinguished

Castagna Genesis Shiraz
Coldstream Hills Reserve Pinot Noir
d'Arrenberg Coppermine Road Cabernet
Freycinet Pinot Noir
Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz
McWilliams Maurice O'Shea Shiraz
Paringa Shiraz
Penfolds Bin 28
Penfolds Bin 128
Penfolds Bin 407
Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling
Savaterre Chardonnay
Turkey Flat Shiraz
Voyager Estate Cabernet
Wantirna Estate Amelia Cabernet Merlot
Wild Duck Creek Springflat Shiraz
Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz
Wolf Blass Platinum Label Shiraz
Woodlands Cabernet
Wynns Michael Shiraz
Yalumba The Signature Cabernet

Bannockburn Chardonnay
Bannockburn Pinot Noir
Bass Phillip Estate Pinot Noir
Leasingham Classic Clare Shiraz
Mitchelton Print Shiraz
Orlando Lawson's Shiraz
Petaluma Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay
Plantaganet Mount Barker Shiraz
Seppelt Sparkling Shiraz
Yarra Yering Dry Red No 2

Please let me know if I've missed or misplaced any.

This seems largely to be a "good news" re-classification, with a series of new promotions and relatively few demotions. At the highest level, there were no surprises on my part in respect of the inclusion of Clonakilla's Shiraz Viognier, Grosset's Polish Hill Riesling and Torbreck's RunRig.  I have not tried the other newcomers.  The reputation of Mount Mary's Quintet perhaps sees it retain its place at the top, as their recent vintages to my palate, have not been particularly worthy of acclaim.

At the lower levels, I was surprised at seeing Bannockburn's pinot noir and chardonnay and Giaconda's pinot noir being downgraded, as I personally very much like these wines.  Equally, if given a choice between the dry grown Yarra Yering's Dry Red No. 2 shiraz, and the newly included Penfolds' Bin 28, I would almost always take the former.  Mount Langhi Ghiran's Shiraz also seems to have slightly fallen in favour, which is perhaps consistent with my own observations that this wine, whilst it can be very good, is not necessarily outstanding.  Turkey Flat's shiraz, on the other hand, is a wine that I've found punches above its price point and is now recognised.
Wine Thoughts
September 24, 2010


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