By Amy Looker, editor National Liquor News

Langton’s released its sixth Classification yesterday, identifying a record 139 of Australia’s finest wines.

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

The first release of the Classification took place in 1990 and featured 34 wines.

Head of auctions at Langton’s, Tamara Grischy, said that while the Langton’s Classification shines a light on the icons of the Australian wine industry, it is also an indicator of what wines are sparking the interest of the consumer.

“As the biggest seller of Penfolds in Australia and abroad it comes as no surprise that its Grange Shiraz has once again taken the top position. However, the Langton’s Classification has unearthed some new and different styles which are making their mark on the fine wine world,” Grischy said.

“Clients are looking for other varieties outside the classic single varieties. They are looking for new experiences and Grenache Shiraz is one to watch as it gives that new experience while also being a blend that works well from Barossa. The number included in the Classification has doubled since 2010.”

The return of sparkling Shiraz to the list was also another point of interest, along with Victoria’s Rutherglen region emerging as the clear star for fortified wines. 

“Rockford Black sparkling Shiraz is a truly unique style which Rockford pioneered in the early 1990s. The wine has also really attracted the female wine buyer to the style. Our market is dominated by the male gender and it’s great to see a feminine style come back into the guide,” Grischy told TheShout.

“It’s also great to see the entry of Rutherglen to the guide, with Chambers Rare Muscat and Rare Muscadelle being listed as Outstanding. Rare Muscat is unique to Australia and fortified wines are being more appreciated by consumers and they’re also unique to the Australian industry.”

Grischy also said that Pinot Noir is hot in the retail marketplace, with the Classification seeing two promoted to the Outstanding category in this edition.

The trade will have a chance to taste Langton’s Classification VI later this month, with tastings taking place in all capital cities.

To view the full Langton’s Classification VI and for further information on booking tickets to the tasting, click here.

The Shout Team

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