2019 In Review: A Year of Australian Discovery
Monday, December 23, 2019 in News
We’ve seen steady, expected growth across our larger Australian portfolios of Barossa, Margaret River and Yarra Valley.
However, the two most exciting regions have been the old and the new, Hunter Valley and Tasmania. With new wines for TAS and vintage of a lifetime for the Hunter, we’ve had a great year with both.
The click, click of wine show bling for the big Hunter producers set high expectations. The wines then blew them away. The taste followed by a case order was a well worn path. A doff of the Langton’s cap to Adrian Sparks for the work he has done at Mount Pleasant.
Showing greater than 70% increase in demand for Hunter wines, the producers in making the biggest waves were Classification favourites Tyrrell's, Mount Pleasant and Brokenwood as well, Andrew Thomas, Silkman (what a year!) and Lindemans.
A note on Lindemans. This year we released the Bin 1400 series, which marks the end of the Lindemans presence in the Hunter. The sub-$20 bottle price was, of course, a driver of demand but the reorders spoke to value and the feedback from customers confirmed the quality.
We tend to think and talk of Tasmania as a single region when it comes to wine. Over the coming years, you are going to hear more talk of regionality in Tasmania, and rightly so. Arguably the most exciting region in the country with unrealised potential for current producers and unexplored potential in terms of terroir.
Cool-climate Pinot, Shiraz, Cabernet, Riesling and tendency towards fume style Sauvignon Blancs, Tasmania might be (in the future) our best answer to New Zealand wines.
This year alone we’ve more than doubled the demand for Tasmania in the Langton’s portfolio. Distinctly regional and show heading turning value, our top producers include Domaine A, Dawson & James, Tolpuddle, Arras, Holm Oak, Josef Chromy, Stefano Lubiana, Home Hill and, of course, Pooley.
We’re expecting a big 2020 from Tasmania at Langton’s. Stay tuned.
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