The Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine is widely regarded as the paramount form guide to Australia’s finest wines. Entry into the Classification is based on a wine’s reputation and track record at auction. The inaugural Classification, in 1990, included just 34 wines. Classifications II, III, IV & V followed at approximately five-year intervals, tracking the leading wines and documenting the dramatic growth and increasing maturity of the Australian fine wine scene.
The sixth edition – Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine VI – unveiled on 1 May 2014 – includes 139 wines. 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. Wines are divided into three categories: Exceptional, Outstanding and Excellent.
Penfolds Grange continues to remain at the head of the Classification, in recognition of its iconic status and the unique role it plays in the Australian fine wine narrative. Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon also joins Grange in the Exceptional category
There are four Penfolds wines in the outstanding category including Yattarna Chardonnay, RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz, St Henri Shiraz and Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz.
There are four Penfolds wines in the Excellent category, Magill Estate Shiraz, Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bin 28 Shiraz and Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz.