Langton’s 2016 Margaret River Wine Show


2016 Langtons Margaret River Wine Show
31 October – 3 November 2016
Wyndham Resort & Spa Dunsborough

Congratulations to all the winners of the Langton’s 2016 Margaret River Wine Show!

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

The full list of results can be found by clicking here.

Bottle Medal Stickers can be ordered through Labelmakers WA – please contact Tracy Landy at

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 the Langton’s 2016 Margaret River Wine Show

Lanton’s 2016 Margaret River Wine Show Exhibitor Schedule

Since it came into being in 2002 the Wine Show has continued to grow and expand well beyond initial expectations to become a great brand platform for Margaret River wines. However, it was felt that Margaret River really needed to take a major step forward so it could better highlight to the world the quality of our wines and the uniqueness of our wine region.

The introduction of the Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge is a truly thrilling initiative and not only provides an opportunity for Margaret River wine producers to engage with the greater wine community it also, as the word ‘challenge’ suggests, invites all who produce Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia to participate and engage in a varietal contest of great national and international interest.

In establishing the Challenge the Association would like to acknowledge that it has borrowed and been inspired by the very successful James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge and the Yarra Valley Wine Show; their support is greatly appreciated.

As always there are some new initiatives for the Margaret River Wine Show with the following being introduced for 2016:

  • 100 Points Scoring
    The 100 Points scoring system will be used for the first time.
    Gold  – 95 points and over
    Silver – 90 to 94 points
    Bronze – 85 to 89 points
  • Number of Entries per Class
    Exhibitors will be able to enter as many different wines as they would like in any one class. Each wine must be unique and meet the eligibility criteria for the class. 
  • Fumé Blanc Class & Trophy
    In recognition of the growth of oaked white varietals within the region a Fumé Blanc Class and Trophy have been created.
  • Wine of Provenance
    The Exhibition Wine classes have been replaced with Wine of Provenance classes. Each entry in the Wine of Provenance classes will consist of three vintages with at least 5 years between two. No scores will be published and only the bracket of three wines awarded the trophy will be declared.
  • Change of Venue & Dates for Delivery of Exhibits
    With the expansion of the Wine Show to include the Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge we have outgrown the Margaret River Education Campus. Delivery of exhibits will be to the Wyndham Resort Dunsborough from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27 October.
  • Exhibitor Tasting & Gala Awards Dinner Change of Date
    Both the Exhibitor Tasting and the Gala Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday 3 November. The venue for the Exhibitor Tasting is Wyndham Resort Dunsborough and the Gala Awards Dinner will return to Aravina Estate.

Important Dates
Tuesday 6 September 2016 (5pm AWST) – Closing date for entries
Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 October 2016 – Delivery of wine for judging (Wyndham Resort)
Monday 31 October to Wednesday 2 November 2016 – Judging of exhibitor entries
Thursday 3 November 2016 9.00am to 11.30am – Exhibitor Tasting (Wyndham Resort)
Thursday 3 November 2016 6pm – Gala Awards Dinner
November 2016 – Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge results announced






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