Barossa Wine Chapters Auction | Highlights
Friday, April 28, 2017 in News
The biennial Barossa Vintage Festival is the biggest event on the Barossa Valley calendar.
And with 30 wines in the Langton’s Classification, the Barossa is without doubt Australia’s leading fine wine region. (Coonawarra is next, with 15 classified wines, followed by the Clare Valley, with 11.)
The climax of the Festival is the Barossa Wine Chapters Auction, which traditionally includes extraordinary offerings from leading Barossa figures – unique Barossa ‘experiences’ as well as great wines selected from their makers’ personal cellars.
Above: Chateau Tanunda
The auction, held this year at Chateau Tanunda on April 21, is presented by the Barossa Grape and Wine Association in conjunction with Langton’s. The gala event culminated in a live auction presided over by Langton’s co-founder and ‘Baron of the Barossa’ Andrew Caillard, MW.
Above: Andrew Caillard, MW
The highest price paid at the auction was a staggering $62,910 for an Imperial (six litres) of 2010 Penfolds Grange Shiraz. This was the auction’s ‘marquee’ item, attracting strong bidding, and ultimately fetching the equivalent of $7863 per bottle.
Above: Grange Imperial and its New Owner
A notable ‘Barossa experience’ was offered by Michael Twelftree’s Two Hands and sold for $4660. The successful bidder (along with seven guests) will enjoy a ‘full day of luxury’ – tasting wines in the vineyards where they originated and lingering over a splendid lunch accompanied by six single-site and four flagship Two Hands wines. Guests will take home an engraved Two Hands tasting glass in its own decorated canister.
The volume buy of the day was the Ultimate Eden Valley Riesling Collection – 81 bottles spread across the 21 vintages from 1996 to 2016 – which fetched $4893.
Above: Ultimate Eden Valley Riesling Collection
Makers represented were Bethany, David Franz, Eden Hall, Eden Mae, Elderton, Flaxman, Gibson, Heathvale, Heggies, Henschke, Hentley Farm, Hutton Vale Farm, Langmeil, Leo Buring Leonay, McLeans Farm, Orlando Steingarten and St Helga, Peter Lehmann, Poonawatta, Rieslingfreak, Rileys of Eden Valley, Rolf Binder, Saltram, Sons of Eden, Soul Growers, St Hallett and Tim Smith.
Our many thanks go out to all partners and participants; we look forward to seeing you all at (and hopefully before) the Barossa Vintage Festival of 2019!