Coonawarra wines have long featured among Australia’s Finest Wines in the Langton’s Classification list, honouring the best, highest performing, most collected, prestigious and beloved Australian wines.
The Langton’s Classification is the premier guide to Australian fine wines, renowned internationally for setting the benchmark for Australia’s finest. Entry is based on track record. Only the best and most sought-after make the cut.
Coonawarra is again celebrating it’s inclusion in the most recent release of the Langton’s Classification VII this month, with 13 wines from a total of 9 wineries represented over 3 categories.
The Langton’s Classification, now in its 30th year, bases eligibility on how well a wine performs on the open auction market; the volume of demand it attracts and the prices it realises.
The two basic requirements for inclusion in the Classification are that a wine has been made for a minimum of 10 vintages and that it has a track record in the secondary market.
Revised every four to five years, Langton’s outlines, “ultimately, the reputation of a wine is based on its auction pedigree – the record it builds up, over time.” “The wine scene is constantly moving – fashions, personalities and perceptions change. Rarity and value also play their part.”
The inclusion of Coonawarra wines in the Classification underlines the exceptional quality of both the region’s viticulture and winemaking.
EXCEPTIONAL: The most highly prized of all Australian fine wines. Representing generations of effort and character of place
Wynns Coonawarra Estate – John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon
OUTSTANDING: The best of Australian winemaking practices, vineyard provenance and regional voice
Balnaves of Coonawarra – The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Katnook Estate – Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon
EXCELLENT: Australian wines of consistent merit. Steadfast, popular and expressive
Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Majella Cabernet Sauvignon
Majella – The Malleea Cabernet Shiraz
Parker Coonawarra Estate – First Growth Cabernet Blend
Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz
Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Blend
St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Michael Shiraz
View the full list LANGTON’S CLASSIFICATION VII