Yarra Valley Wine Show Results
Friday, September 21, 2018 in News
The Yarra Valley continues to set and reset the bar for fine Australian winemaking with another great showing in Classification VII and countless national awards going to the region. Langton’s is proud to sponsor the Yarra Valley Wine Show in 2018 as well as the Wine of Provenance Award. Langton’s Head of Buying (International) Jesper Kjaersgaard joined the tasting panel and Langton’s Head of Sales Alex Jenkins attended the awards night at Rochford.
Judging at Langton’s Yarra Valley Wine Show
Langton’s Head of Buying (International) Jesper Kjaersgaard was a part of the Langton’s Yarra Valley Wine Show judging panel for 2018. Jesper and his fellow judges tasted wines from across the region, noting, “There are some very good wines coming out of the Yarra. Being a part of the judging panel gave me an opportunity to see the height of quality but also the depth. The standard was very high across the board and it was great to see how strong the region is as a whole.”
Jesper looks after the Langton’s international portfolio. Asked how the Yarra measures up to some of the imports he sources, his response was typically direct:
The Langton’s Wine of Provenance Award in 2018 went to iconic Yarra winery Yeringberg. The award tests three vintages of a wine: the current vintage, a second wine that's 5 to 9 years older than the current vintage and a third wine at least 10 years older than the current vintage. For consideration in this category, Sandra de Pury showed three Yeringberg Cabernet Blends from 2015, 2008 and 2005. It’s been another great year for Yeringberg with their Cabernet again Classified Outstanding in the 2018 release of Langton's Classification VII.
As a member of the judging panel, Jesper was able to share his insights into how they selected Yeringberg Cabernet Blend for the award. “Six of us judges blind-tasted the wines and we got down to two finalists. From there we tasted again and the decision was unanimous. The Yeringberg Cabernets had a clear lineage from the oldest to the youngest wine – more so than any other wine we tasted. You could easily see the family line but also where the youngest wine was heading in terms of ageing.”
Langton’s Yarra Valley Wine Show Awards Night
On the night of the awards, around 250 people including many Yarra Valley winemakers sat down for dinner prepared by a star lineup of local chefs: Matt Stone and Jo Barrett (Oakridge), Neil Cunningham (Coombe Farm), Mark Ebbels (Tarrawarra) and Raki Andriana (Rochford).
Langton’s Head of Sales Alex Jenkins and our intrepid Business Development Manager Annie Clemenger flew the red ribbon at for the evening hosted at the gorgeous Rochford Wines. Sitting with Yarra Yering’s Head Winemaker Sarah Crowe, James Halliday and his wife Suzanne, it’s safe to say Alex had some fun “It’s was a great night. The company was wonderful, Mark Beretta compered, the food was delicious, the wine was obviously amazing and everyone had a great time!”
On Langton's sponsoring the Yarra Valley Wine Show, Alex said “We’re delighted to be involved and given the growing presence of the Yarra in Langton’s Classification VII when the opportunity presented itself it was a pretty easy decision. It’s just a good fit. But being there on the night and being a part of the event was a privilege. It’s clear that the Yarra is a tight community. They look out for one another but they also push each other, it's why they keep getting better. And it's not just the new wineries. I was delighted to present Sandra de Pury with the Langton's Wines of Provenance Award and Yeringberg has been around for more than 150 years. The Yarra as a region is so strong.”
Giant Steps took the Champion of Show award against fierce opposition from Oakridge, one of the latest Yarra Valley wineries to join the Classification in 2018. Alex also noted the wines being poured on the evening, "The wines on pour were great: wine from Yarra Yering, Oakridge and, my personal favourite, Soumah Chardonnay. The quality is incredible."
We will be back as the named sponsor for the Langton's Yarra Valley Wine Show in 2019.
The Yarra Valley Wine Show 2018 Auction is currently live closing Thursday 27th September. Bid Now.