Langton's Classification of Australian Wine VI

In Australia, individual wines are graded rather than producers, and changes up and down the classification hierarchy are commonplace.

Eligibility rests on how well a wine performs in an open market, i.e. the volume of demand it attracts and the prices it realises. Ultimately, the reputation of a wine is based on its auction pedigree and the record it builds up over time.

Langton’s is Australia’s leading fine wine marketplace and its VI classification comprises three tiers: ‘Exceptional’, ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Excellent.’ 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.

Exceptional

 The most highly sought-after and prized “first-growth” Australian wines:

      • PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz, South Australia
      • BASS PHILLIP Reserve Pinot Noir, South Gippsland, Victoria
      • BROKENWOOD Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
      • CHRIS RINGLAND Dry Grown Barossa Ranges Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia
      • CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah, McLaren Vale, South Australia
      • CLONAKILLA Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District, New South Wales
      • CULLEN Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, Western Australia
      • GIACONDA Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Beechworth, Victoria
      • GROSSET Polish Hill Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia
      • HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Vineyard Shiraz, Eden Valley, South Australia
      • HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz, Eden Valley, South Australia
      • JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia
      • LEEUWIN ESTATE Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia
      • MOSS WOOD Moss Wood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia
      • MOUNT MARY VINEYARD Quintet Cabernet blend, Yarra Valley, Victoria
      • PENFOLDS Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia
      • ROCKFORD Basket Press Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • SEPPELTSFIELD 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • TORBRECK RunRig Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • WENDOUREE Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia
      • WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia

 

Outstanding

“Super-second” Australian wines of outstanding quality and provenance:

      • BALNAVES OF COONAWARRA The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia
      • BANNOCKBURN Serré Pinot Noir, Geelong Victoria
      • BAROSSA VALLEY ESTATE E&E Black Pepper Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • BASS PHILLIP Premium Pinot Noir, South Gippsland, Victoria
      • BEST’S Thomson Family Great Western Shiraz, Grampians, Victoria
      • BINDI Block 5 Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
      • BINDI Original Vineyard Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges, Victoria
      • CAPE MENTELLE Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia
      • CHAMBERS ROSEWOOD VINEYARDS Rare Muscat, Rutherglen, Victoria
      • CHAMBERS ROSEWOOD VINEYARDS Rare Muscadelle, Rutherglen, Victoria
      • CRAWFORD RIVER Riesling, Henty, Victoria
      • D’ARENBERG The Dead Arm Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia
      • DALWHINNIE The Eagle Shiraz, Pyrenees, Victoria
      • DE BORTOLI Noble One Botrytis Semillon, Riverina, New South Wales
      • DOMAINE A Cabernet Sauvignon, Coal River Valley, Tasmania
      • GLAETZER WINES AMON-Ra Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • GRANT BURGE Meshach Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • GREENOCK CREEK Roennfeldt Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • GREENOCK CREEK Roennfeldt Road Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • GROSSET Springvale Riesling, Watervale, South Australia
      • HENSCHKE Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon, Eden Valley, South Australia
      • HOUGHTON Jack Mann Cabernet, Great Southern, Western Australia
      • JASPER HILL Emily’s Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Franc, Heathcote, Victoria
      • JASPER HILL Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz, Heathcote, Victoria
      • KAESLER Old Bastard Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • KATNOOK ESTATE Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia
      • KAY BROTHERS AMERY VINEYARDS Block 6 Old Vine Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia
      • MAIN RIDGE ESTATE Half Acre Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
      • MAJELLA The Malleea Cabernet Shiraz, Coonawarra, South Australia
      • McWILLIAM’S Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
      • MOUNT MARY VINEYARD Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria
      • NOON WINERY Reserve Shiraz, Langhorne Creek, South Australia
      • NOON WINERY Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Langhorne Creek, South Australia
      • PARINGA ESTATE The Paringa Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
      • PENFOLDS Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia
      • PENFOLDS Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, South Australia
      • PENFOLDS RWT Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia
      • PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia
      • PETER LEHMANN Stonewell Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • PIERRO Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia
      • ROCKFORD Black (sparkling) Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
      • SEPPELT St Peters Grampians Shiraz, Grampians, Victoria
      • TAHBILK 1860 Vines Shiraz, Nagambie Lakes, Victoria
      • TYRRELL’S Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
      • VASSE FELIX Heytesbury Cabernet blend, Margaret River, Western Australia
      • WENDOUREE Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, South Australia
      • WENDOUREE Cabernet Malbec, Clare Valley, South Australia
      • WENDOUREE Shiraz Malbec, Clare Valley, South Australia
      • WENDOUREE Shiraz Mataro, Clare Valley, South Australia
      • WOLF BLASS Platinum Shiraz, South Australia
      • WOODLANDS (family & friends) Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia
      • WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE Michael Shiraz, Coonawarra, South Australia
      • YALUMBA The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia

 

Excellent

Classic Australian wines of consistent excellence:

    • BEST’S Bin No. 0 Great Western Shiraz, Grampians, Victoria
    • BOWEN ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia
    • BY FARR Sangreal Pinot Noir, Geelong, Victoria
    • CASTAGNA Genesis Syrah, Beechworth, Victoria
    • CHARLES MELTON Nine Popes Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre, Barossa Valley, South Australia
    • COLDSTREAM HILLS Reserve Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria
    • CORIOLE Lloyd Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia
    • CRAIGLEE Shiraz, Sunbury, Victoria
    • D’ARENBERG The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, South Australia
    • DALWHINNIE Moonambel Shiraz, Pyrenees, Victoria
    • ELDERTON Command Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
    • FOX CREEK Reserve Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia
    • FREYCINET VINEYARDS Pinot Noir, East Coast Tasmania
    • GIACONDA Warner Vineyard Shiraz, Beechworth, Victoria
    • GROSSET Gaia Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc, Clare Valley South Australia
    • HARDYS Eileen Hardy Shiraz, South Australia
    • HENSCHKE Keyneton Euphonium Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon blend, Barossa, South Australia
    • HOWARD PARK Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Australia
    • JOHN DUVAL WINES Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre, Barossa Valley, South Australia
    • KALLESKE Johann Georg Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
    • KATNOOK ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia
    • KATNOOK ESTATE Prodigy Shiraz, Coonawarra, South Australia
    • KILIKANOON Oracle Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia
    • LAKE’S FOLLY Cabernets Cabernet blend, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
    • LAKE’S FOLLY Chardonnay, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
    • LANGMEIL The Freedom 1843 Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
    • LEEUWIN ESTATE Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia
    • LEO BURING Leonay Riesling, South Australia
    • LINDEMAN’S Limestone Ridge Vineyard Shiraz Cabernet, Coonawarra, South Australia
    • MAJELLA Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia
    • McWILLIAM’S Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
    • MOUNT LANGI GHIRAN Langi Shiraz, Grampians, Victoria
    • MOUNT MARY VINEYARD Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria
    • NOON WINERY Eclipse Grenache blend, McLaren Vale, South Australia
    • PARINGA ESTATE The Paringa Shiraz, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
    • PARKER COONAWARRA ESTATE First Growth Cabernet, Coonawarra, South Australia
    • PENFOLDS Bin 128 Shiraz, Coonawarra, South Australia
    • PENFOLDS Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, South Australia
    • PENFOLDS Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia
    • PENFOLDS Magill Estate Shiraz, Adelaide, South Australia
    • PETALUMA Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot, Coonawarra, South Australia
    • PETALUMA Hanlin Hill Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia
    • PEWSEY VALE The Contours Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia
    • PRIMO ESTATE Joseph Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, South Australia
    • ROLF BINDER Veritas Hanisch Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
    • SALLY’S PADDOCK Cabernet blend, Pyrenees, Victoria
    • SAVATERRE Chardonnay, Beechworth Victoria
    • SEPPELTSFIELD Para Liqueur Tawny, Barossa Valley, South Australia
    • ST HALLETT Old Block Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia
    • ST HUGO Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia
    • TIM ADAMS The Aberfeldy Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia
    • TORBRECK Descendant Shiraz Viognier, Barossa Valley, South Australia
    • TURKEY FLAT Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia
    • TYRRELL’S Vat 47 Chardonnay, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
    • VASSE FELIX Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia
    • VOYAGER ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Margaret River, Western Australia
    • WANTIRNA ESTATE Amelia Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot, Yarra Valley, Victoria
    • WILD DUCK CREEK ESTATE Springflat Shiraz, Heathcote, Victoria
    • WIRRA WIRRA RSW Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia
    • WOLF BLASS Black Label Cabernet Shiraz blend, South Australia
    • WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia
    • YALUMBA The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia
    • YARRA YARRA VINEYARD The Yarra Yarra Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley Victoria
    • YARRA YERING Dry Red Wine No.1 Cabernet blend, Yarra Valley, Victoria
    • YERINGBERG Cabernet blend, Yarra Valley, Victoria