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July 2016 in review

It was a month dominated by all things political – a referendum, a pair of conventions and an election here at home. Luckily, here at Langton's we were enjoying a political debate of a different kind – just whose Pinot would lead the month.

As opposed to our friends in North America, we had many, dare we say it Trump cards available over the course of our coolest month. Some might say a plethora of Pinot from home, across the Tasman and from this most noble of varietal's spiritual home – Burgundy. And while Bass Philip’s triumvirateCrown Prince, Estate and Premium, would surely be the leading candidates among standing Australians, the choice in New Zealand was just a little more nuanced. Celebrated for their first-past-the-post political system, who got there first - Dry River, Lowburn Ferry or Kusuda?

Dry River has long been the blue–ribbon standard and this month's 2014 release was adjudged 98 points by New Zealand's preeminent authority, Bob Campbell MW.

'…taste this wine after a decade in bottle to begin to appreciate its wonderful potential and true varietal character. Deliciously approachable now but much better later.'
98 points

Though Lowburn Ferry's Home Block Pinot has ensured a tight race. Garnering the Perpetual Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the Sydney International Wine Competition this year as well as 96 Points from Sam Kim, at only $45 this is simply wonderful buying.

The long shot? Martinborough's Kusuda Pinot Noir 2011. Hiro Kusuda's story is a quite remarkable one. This lawyer–cum–diplomat–turned–winemaker forged his name with an incomparable attention to detail – truly hand–picked, hand–inspected individual berries combine to create an artisanal wine the envy of the North Island. By way of an introduction, we've collated a bespoke trio featuring two bottles each of Kusuda Pinot 2013 alongside both the Riesling 2014 and Syrah 2011.

Though if you want to dominate the Ruddy globe, as is the wont of a certain former Prime Minister, we challenge you to find a greater contender than our Global Pinot Challenge II mixed six pack. The ballot paper? Chard Farm, Foxes Island (NZ); by Farr, Bicknell (Australia); and from Burgundy Nicolas Rossignol and Dominique Mugneret. An outstanding collection that we'd urge you to elevate to the cabinet immediately.


Global Pinot Noir Challenge II



Pinot aside, it's no secret we're fans of both Cabernet and Shiraz here. (Shock horror!) Two compilations took our fancy this month and the good news is we still have a couple of cases of each.


Classic Coonawarra Cabernet Six



Our Classic Coonawarra Cabernet Six set both hearts and thumbs aflutter this past week. Not that we need to introduce them but are there three bigger names in the Coonawarra than Wynn's John Riddoch, Lindeman's St George and Parker First Growth? Find a pair of each in the last remaining parcels of our Classic Six today! 

South Australian Shiraz Dozen

South Australian Shiraz CaseAnd if you're more inclined towards Shiraz, why not come on our Great South Australian Shiraz tour? Favourites Hare's Chase, Gemtree, Bleasdale and Charles Cimicky in the one spot for just $198? In case you missed it, that's brilliant value and the perfect companion to a cool winter's eve. 

We’d be remiss if the Shiraz tour stopped there, as July featured new releases from two of the Barossa’s very best – Torbreck and St. Hallett.

Firmly entrenched at the head of the Classification, Torbreck's RunRig 2013 issuing is among the finest yet created. Here's Lisa Perrotti–Brown MW

'…tantalizingly exotic nose… multi–layered… finishing with incredible length and depth. This is a very impressive RunRig'
98+ Points

Pop down the road to Tanunda and you'll find two substantial offerings from our friends at St. Hallett. Langton's stalwart Old Block Shiraz 2013 is looking as fulsome as ever and demands a place in your cellar.

For those less patient, the St Hallett Blackwell 2014 is an eminently approachable proposition, particularly at $35 by the six pack and we just love what Mike Bennie had to say:
'Pops out of the glass with jubey, vanilla–kissed fruit, spicy–cinnamon–clove oak character. Big volume of perfume. Sweet, candied, attractive. Glides through the palate with dark fruits, liquid spice, builds with chewy pucker of tannins, goes peppery, finishes with sinewy oak character… has mass appeal.'



 Now there's no bigger name in the Barossa than Penfolds, and this month saw one of our biggest auctions of the year – Langton's Classic Penfolds Auction. With more than half a million under the hammer, there was furious clamouring for everything from the '62 Kalimna Bin60A through to the almost–perfect ’96 Grange and a now–modern classic — St Henri 2010. For those keeping score, the 2010 hammered in at $348 per 3–pack – that's 68% up on current retail. Now, who wants to sell at auction?

For all the Penfolds enthusiasts – you know who you are – make sure to attend the Penfolds recorking clinics across the country particularly if you're in Sydney where our Brokers will be attending.

And finally, tickets are still available for the NSW Wine Industry Association First Planted Lunch at the SCG on September 2. As the official partner we couldn’t be more excited - Jean Kittson, the Plonk Team and Andrew will ensure this is an afternoon to remember.

So here’s toasting July and stay tuned there’s a monumental August just around the corner! Next week sees our favourite hump-day of the year on Wynnsday and then it’s Halli-Day on Thursday. In the words of Queensland’s other (bigger) Kevin, “we’re excited!”

Have a fantastic weekend,

The Langton's Team
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