Langton’s Classification Guide VI

Langton’s Fine Wines has released its sixth Classification with a list of 139 of Australia’s best wines with 21 in the coveted Exceptional category. To coincide with the release, Langton’s hosted a wine tasting at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

Langton’s Classification Guide VI
Langton’s Fine Wines Tasting

Langton’s Classification is released every five years and ranks the wines as Exceptional, Outstanding and Excellent, based on the trading habits of consumers.

With just 34 wines featured in the original 1990 classification, the guide was designed to create interest and build demand in the nascent Australian wine scene. Twenty-five years later, the Classification has become well-known and widely-respected.

Langton’s Classification Guide VI
Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz

To be included in the Classification, the requirements are that a wine has had a minimum of 10 vintages and a track record in the secondary market.

Penfolds Grange Shiraz remains at the head of the Classification. South Australia continues to dominate with 79 wines, followed by Victoria (36 wines), Western Australia (12), NSW (9) and Tasmania (2).

Langton’s Classification Guide VI
Wynns Coonawarra John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

Four wines have entered the Exceptional category for the first time: Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz, Jim
Barry The Armagh Shiraz, Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon and Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny. The sparkling wine category has had its debut with Rockford Black Shiraz, which is ranked Outstanding.

Langton’s Classification Guide VI
2006 Chris Ringland Shiraz

Langton’s predict that the the fine wine scene will be defined by single vineyards and regional expression in the future.

The full Classification VI can be viewed at

Langton’s Fine Wine Tasting was held in Sydney on Thursday 15 May 2014.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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