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Langton’s notches up its 20th year
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To mark its 20th anniversary, Langton’s — Australia's leading wine auction house — has put together a superb auction catalogue of vintages from Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine, the highly influential benchmark listing of Australia’s top performing auction wines. The sale comprising historic vintages, recent classics and rare formats is expected to draw wide interest from collectors and the wine trade worldwide.
Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine online auction is now open for bidding at www.langtons.com.au . The catalogue includes a comprehensive offering of Australia’s greatest wines including all vintages of Penfolds Grange (1951–2002), an important collection of Henschke Hill of Grace, a superb offering of Margaret River “Exceptionals” Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon and Cullen Diane Madeline Cabernet Merlot, a rare imperial format of 1998 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz and exceptionally scarce magnums of Giaconda Estate Vineyard Chardonnay. The sale also comprises a wide range of outstanding value wines including Bowen Estate, Best’s, Majella, McWilliam’s, Penfolds Bin 389, Plantagenet and Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate.
In 1988 Stewart Langton held his first live auction sale in Melbourne establishing an organised tradition of buying and selling wine on the Australian secondary wine market. From small beginnings specialist wine auctioneers Stewart Langton and Andrew Caillard MW pioneered a strong and important trading culture of fine Australian wine. This was achieved by introducing new online technology, offering regular and efficient sales and providing in depth research and analysis.
Stewart Langton says, “Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine not only identifies Australia’s greatest and most enduring wines, but it also defines Langton’s. Without Langton’s and the Classification the international perspective of fine Australian wine might have been markedly different. It seems appropriate to mark our 20th year with a Classification sale; all the wines in the catalogue are included because of the longstanding support and sentiment of our clientele.”
Over the last twenty years Langton’s has become an Australian institution and one of the world’s top wine auction houses. Stewart Langton says, “This has been achieved through the work of a small highly dedicated team, considerable flair, energy, imagination and attention to detail. The Australian wine industry and the general economy are entering a period of uncertainty. I believe Langton’s will play an important role in taking forward the trade of fine wine and enhancing the image of ultra-fine Australian wine both in domestic and international markets.”
The achievements of Langton’s are varied and plentiful. It pioneered the silent bid wine auction system during the 1990s and then morphed Langton’s into an online wine auction house during the 2000s. The investment in information technology, research, data and analysis of the Australian ultra-fine wine scene has made www.langtons.com.au one of the most heavily used Australian fine wine resources. Wine collectors, journalists, wine trade and wine producers actively utilise valuable data and information.