Week in Review 23-06-18
Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Review
2018 is Langton’s 30th anniversary year. In September, we’ll be celebrating with major events in locations around Australia and the launch of the seventh edition of the Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine.
This week we launched a Classified wine competition in which you could WIN an Exceptional wine cellar! The prize, worth more than $10,000 includes one of each of the 21 Exceptional wines in the top tier of Langton’s Classification VI, a Vintec Dual-Zone Cooling Cabinet and two VIP passes to a Classification event of your choice in September 2018.
This week we’ve shown some Classified wines including the latest Old Bastard Shiraz from Kaesler, Keyneton Euphonium from Henschke and the Leonay from Leo Buring.
We also took a look at Langhe with a keenly priced mix six-pack of Nebbiolo wines from the region. If you want six different different expressions of cherries, roses, tar and tannins with a hint of the greatness of Barolo and Barbaresco, this collezione is a must.
Back in the new world, we looked at the latest Martinborough Pinot Noir from Ata Rangi. Langton’s customers got a jump on the market (and still can) with exclusive early access to the 2016 vintage with its two 98 point scores from Bob Campbell MW and Nick Stock.
Sticking with Pinot but moving back to its home in Burgundy, our Brokers enjoyed a tasting of Chardonnay and Pinot from Lucien le Moines. If you want to access these singular wines from our very limited allocations, contact your Broker
See the full Wines of the Week here.
Old Bastard Shiraz 2015
This is the latest vintage of the Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz, one of the Barossa's most evocative wines. Based on a small patchwork of "old bastards", planted around 1893 on sandy clay loams over clay, it captures the essence of contemporary Australian winemaking philosophy where individual vineyard site is the ascendant star.
The wine with its distinctive Ralph Steadman caricature label is a highly individual style with elegance of fruit, density and richness, savoury muscular tannins and underlying oak. Fermented in stainless steel and matured in 'Burgundian' oak for 12 to 19 months, depending on the character of the vintage, it is bottled “au naturel”, with no fining and filtration.
Keyneton Euphonium 2013
The Keyneton Euphonium resides in the more accessible end of the Henschke spectrum. The enduring appeal of this wines has earned it a place in the Classification as has its ability to age so well over 20+ plus years. The 2013 shows great length and a profile of cassis, mint and notes of a freshly cut cigar that goes the distance.
"A blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc which says more about the vineyard and the Henschke winemaking expertise than the fruit composition. All the flavours are, as usual, fused together, oak and tannins providing context."
95 points, James Halliday
Leonay Riesling 2015
"You might call it austere to begin with but the finish is a brilliant beam of light. It pulls out the rapier and allows the sun to glimmer from its edges. Florals, citrus and bath salts, perhaps some fennel. Quality nailed to the mast."
96 points, Campbell Mattinson
"Very restrained, very delicate, but still has the chalky mouthfeel of the style. Very refined and has a long future… Great potential."
96 points, Huon Hooke
Langhe Discovery Mix Pack
If you’re a newcomer to Nebbiolo, this selection of six has been put together to make the perfect introduction to this wonderful grape. For those already acquainted with the variety, here’s an obvious addition to your winter drinking stocks. And if the name Fletcher looks like a ring-in, it is. David Fletcher is a Nebbiolo-obsessed Australian who turned the derelict Barbaresco railway station into a winery.
"Elegant, supple and very vibrant pinot noir, with seductively-layered floral, red rose, cherry, red fruits, dried herb and mixed spice flavours. Very long and linear wine that demonstrated real power delivered with great subtlety. A wonderfully pure pinot noir with a distinctive house/vineyard style and a proven ability to age…"
98 points, Bob Campbell MW
"This has all the cherry and spice and perfume that defines this consistently stunning pinot noir, as well as a sense of immense freshness. The palate has deceptive lightness and tannins that are supple and caressing and that kick fresh and expansive out through the finish. Succulent and elegant. A great vintage for this wine. Drink now. Screw cap."
98 points, Nick Stock
Langton’s Options Club June
The Wine Options Game, invented by the late Len Evans in 1968, is a simple and entertaining way to test and train your palate and learn more about wine. Our Options Club games are conducted Langton’s Wine Manager Adrian Read who been playing the game – very badly, he says – ever since Evans invented it. Previously we’ve tasted Penfolds RWT, Sauternes, 1er cru Burgundy and more wines from Australia and around the world to test your knowledge and palate. Join us at Langton’s HQ in Sydney for our June Options Club.
Love wine? Play Options.
The Langton's Team