Langton’s 2016 Margaret River Wine Show Results

The Langton’s 2016 Margaret River Wine Show will be seen to be a superb reflection of what the region does so well – produce outstanding wine to a truly international standard!

Perhaps the simplest representation is the number of Gold Medals awarded being 89 or 11.4% of entries received.

Truly a magnificent result particularly with regard to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay varietals with strong support throughout including some of the alternative varieties.

2016 also saw the introduction of the Wine of Provenance classes which not only created great interest it also provided a medium to long term mirror as to the growth and development of Margaret River wines.

Andrew Caillard MW was a guest Judge for these classes and we have quoted him below. This is a considered independent opinion of Margaret River not only with regard to the wines entered but also to the future of the Margaret River Wine Region.

Congratulations to all of those who achieved the highest levels of success.

 

  • Red Wine of Show
    Presented by Seguin Moreau
    Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  • White Wine of Show
    Presented by Labelmakers
    Brookland Valley Chardonnay 2015
  • Most Successful Exhibitor
    Presented by Langton’s
    Deep Woods Estate
  • Wine of Provenance
    Presented by Vinline Mobile Bottling
    Juniper Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, 2008, 2014
  • International Judge’s Trophy
    Presented by China Southern Airlines
    Woodlands Matthew Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  • Best Cabernet Sauvignon
    Presented by SCT Logistics
    Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  • Best Chardonnay
    Presented by Booth Transport
    Brookland Valley Chardonnay 2015
  • Best Single Vineyard Red
    Presented by Tonnellerie de Mercurey
    Cloudburst Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
  • Best Single Vineyard White
    Presented by Portavin
    Xanadu Stevens Road Chardonnay 2015
  • Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
    Presented by Cospack / Saverglass
    Deep Woods Estate Cabernet Merlot 2014
  • Best Sauvignon Blanc
    Presented by Silverlock
    Knee Deep Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Best Blend of Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon
    Presented by SWAT
    EVOI Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015
  • Best Fumé Blanc
    Presented by Nadalie Australia
    Streicker Bridgeland Block Sauvignon Semillon 2015
  • Best Shiraz
    Presented by CHEP
    Domaine Naturaliste 2015 Rachis
  • Best Rosé
    Presented by Chr. Hansen
    Deep Woods Estate ‘Harmony’ Rosé 2016
  • Best Other Blend or Varietal
    Presented by Laffort
    Woody Nook Limited Release Graciano 2014
  • 2016 Vitcultural Excellence Award
    Presented by Clairault | Streicker
    Suzie Muntz – Xanadu Wines
  • 2016 Sensory Evaluation Award
    Presented by Curtin University
    Rhys Parker

Wine of Provenance Commentary Courtesy of Andrew Caillard MW

There is no question that Margaret River Chardonnay is becoming a classic Australian style. Its character, typified by beautiful grapefruit aromatics, richness, al dente textures and indelible acid cut, is unmistakable and evocative. One day I think it will become as prized as some of the most sought after Chardonnays in the world. I think it is a mistake to make an imitation of Burgundy when the landscape and climate in Margaret River promises something of unique and tangible identity.

It is pleasing to see older vintages carrying their fruit and bottle age complexity without losing freshness and life. The two shortlisted Chardonnays were steeped in classicism. From fairly elemental and vigorous youth the narrative of age builds both wine brackets into a more complete and complex experience, yet without losing balance, or provenance. It is very difficult to separate the two threesomes. Both evoke Margaret River’s exceptional place on this Earth.

The single red is shortlisted on its own. Its performance was enhanced by a remarkably consistent structure across all three vintages. Crucially as a knockout competition each wine showed freshness, concentration, definition and classic fine grained structures. Staleness was an issue with a few entrants, particularly older vintages. This could have something to with cork, but more likely storage. The winning red wine was the most convincing of all brackets. The overall buoyancy, consistency of style, classic lines, definition and balance were impressive. This of course leads to exceptional aging potential.

It is a great thing to see the Langton’s 2016 Margaret River Wine Show embrace the provenance class. It’s essentially a knockout competition where every wine within its three vintage bracket has to meet a minimum standard. But it is not luck that reaches the final result.

The winning wine reflects a strong winemaking philosophy and attention to detail. I would also hope this translates to vineyard site.

Margaret River is a great and important wine region. Long may it prevail.

About Margaret River Discovery Tours
Sean Blocksidge is the owner operator of the Margaret River Discovery Company, an avid photographer, blogger and South West WA ambassador. In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been rated the #1 thing to do in Australia on the Tripadvisor website for the past two years.