The Barossa Wine Auctions
AMBASSADOR for The Barossa Live Wine Auction
This year, I have been invited to be one of the four ambassadors for the Barossa Live Wine Auction (as a key part of the bi-ennial Barossa Vintage Festival), along with Andrew Caillard MW, Alex Head (Head Wines) and Jane Thompson (Fabulous Ladies Wine Society). Of course I jumped at the opportunity – the Barossa well and truly stole my heart in a trip there in 2014… so this was right up my alley. The auction is not only an excellent opportunity to gain access to wines that are hard to find, hard to get, from brilliant vintages and in ridiculous formats, but it also supports the Barossa Valley wine community, and the Australian wine community as a whole.
On my card: there are some incredibly tempting and exciting offerings, including a museum IMPERIAL of 2004 Standish The Relic, a three bottle horizontal from Henschke (Hill of Grace, Hill of Roses and Hill of Peace) and something called the 100 Point Collection – a collection of 100 point wines from the Barossa (if you’re going to start somewhere, the top is probably adviseable). Links to all the relevant materials are included – the auction catalogue, numbers and web links too. Everything you need to get going.
ABOUT the events:
In April 2021, Barossa Grape & Wine Association, together with Langton’s Fine Wines, present Australia’s most prestigious regional wine auction.
Since 1965 The Barossa Wine Auction has been an icon event during the biennial Barossa Vintage Festival. Australia’s largest regional festival, the Barossa Vintage Festival has been a favourite celebration of Barossan life since 1947. The bi-ennial Barossa Vintage Festival showcases and celebrates the Barossa’s wine, food, community, culture and heritage over five-event filled days, from 14-18 April 2021. For the first time the highly anticipated Barossa Wine Auction will hold two LIVE auctions; one in the traditional home of Barossa on Friday 16 April 2021 and the second in Sydney on Thursday 29 April 2021. Wine investors unable to attend either event can bid live via the Langton’s brokerage team. As with previous years, an online auction will also be available. Held every two years in April, the auction is held both online and as a dynamic live auction. In 2021 the live offer has expanded to an additional event in Sydney. Wine collectors from around the world bid for rare and distinguished lots sourced directly from the wineries and winemakers’ own collections.A share of the net proceeds are donated back into Barossa via the BGWA (Barossa Grape & Wine Association) Well-being Fund and the Barossa Vintage Festival.
The 2021 auction season features 116 lots from more than 50 Barossa wineries.
Go to Auction Catalogue
Barossa Wine Live Auction: April 16th 2021
Friday 16 April 2021, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Chateau Tanunda, Basedow Road, Tanunda
$50pp. Tickets include: Eden Valley Riesling tasting & oysters on arrival plus refreshments throughout.
Due to density restrictions, you will be asked to book your preferred timeslot to view the auction lots when booking your ticket.
Lots and highlights:
Lot No. Bin 01 – 29: The 100 Point Collection (includes Seppeltsfield Para 1921, Torbreck Runrig 2016, Torbreck The Laird 2012, Penfolds Grange 2008, Chris Ringland Shiraz 2002, 1998 Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road shiraz + cabernet, Henscke Hill of Grace 2015 and Standish The Theorem Shiraz 2018). An imperial of 2004 Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier 2004 (99pts Parker). 3 x magnums of museum Chateau Tanunda 100 Year Old Vines Shiraz (signed), a signed magnum of Chris Ringland shiraz, a 13 bottle suite of Elderton shiraz back to 1982 + the 2013 (first release) of the Elderton Fifteen + a barrel room tasting for 8 at Elderton by the Ashmeade family. 3 bottles of Henschke Hill of Grace, Peace and Roses from the 2015 vintage plus a signed copy of ‘Hill of Grace: 150 Years Under The Southern Skies’. The bounty continues with rare, museum and/or large format wines from Barossa legends such as Penfolds, Torbreck, Pewsey Vale, St Hugo, Thorn-Clarke, Wolf Blass, Schild Estate, Poonawatta and Rockford.
There is also the opportunity to snare a once in a lifetime VIP tour opportunity with Seppeltsfield for 2 people: helicopter to all four points of the Barossa, vineyard tour in each area led by the winemaker and viticulturist, a tour of the Seppelstfield grounds, plus tastings including your birth year Para.
This auction is open for bidding from 2 April 2021 at langtons.com.au. On Friday 16 April 2021 at 10.30am the Barossa Live Auction bidding will move from online to live in the room at Chateau Tanunda where the final bidding takes place under the direction of the auctioneer Andrew Caillard MW(assisted by Tamara Grischy).
Barossa Wine Sydney Live Auction: April 29th 2021
Thursday 29 April 2021, 6.30pm arrival for 7.00pm auction start
Hyatt Regency, Sydney, NSW
$190pp. Tickets include: A three-course dinner and live auction, hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies, Jane Thomson and Barossa Winemakers. Seating is on tables of 10.
Lots and highlights:
Lot No S01 – 30: Wines from Charles Melton Brockenchack’s ‘Big Gum & Granite Coutry Weekender (valued at $3000), Chris Ringland 2008 magnum, Chateau Tanunda, Dandelion Vineyards, an 18 vintage and 18 bottle vertical of Elderton Command Shiraz, Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz magnum, Head Wines set of 4 magnums of Ancestor Vine Grenache 2013-2016, Henschke & Hutton Vale Farm pair up for the Ultimate Authentic Barossa Experience for 8 people (valued at $9000), a magnum of 2004 Henschke Hill of Grace, Wine Lovers Weekend Experience with Henschke, Hutton Vale Farm and Flaxman, plus wines from Hentley Farm, Kalleske, Orlando, a double magnum of 2015 Grange from Penfolds, Kaesler, Peter Lehmann, Rieslingfreak (lunch for 8 hosted by AND cooked by The Freak himself – John Hughes, an imperial of the 2010 Basket Pressed Shiraz by Rockford, Schild Estate, Seppeltsfield, Standish, Torbreck, Yalumba and Wolf Blass.
Open for bidding from 2 April 2021 at langtons.com.au. On Thursday 29 April 2021 at 6.30pm the Sydney Live Auction bidding will move from online to live in the room at Hyatt Regency, Sydney where the final bidding takes place under the direction of the auctioneer, Andrew Caillard MW (assisted by Tamara Grischy).
Both Live Auctions will close at the fall of the auctioneer’s hammer in the room:
Barossa: Friday 16 April 2021
Sydney: Thursday 29 April 2021.
Auctioneer: Andrew Caillard MW, Langton’s Fine Wines
Phone 1300 946 347
From outside Australia +61 2 8507 2674, or langtons.com.au
For more information:
Contact Barossa Grape & Wine Association +61 8 8563 0650
Above: Lot S27 2003 Standish The Standish Shiraz Imperial, 99pts Parker, Valued $900-1000
Above: Lot B25 2004 Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier Imperial, 99pts Parker, Valued $600-700.
Below: My video of the 2018 Standish release – if this doesn’t get you going for Standish shiraz I don’t know what will.
Above: Lot no S01 The Barossa Young Guns of Wine. 11 magnums + 1 bottle, Valued $1000-1500
Above: Double Magnum of Penfolds Grange 2015, pictured here with winemaker Steph Dutton. Valued $40,000-50,000
Below: Check out the video below which features someof the very best from the Barossa – and all from South Australia, the heartland of Australian shiraz.