The inaugural Barossa Wine Chapters Auction was a highlight of the 2015 Barossa Vintage Festival.
Presented in conjunction with the prestigious Langton’s Fine Wines auctioneers, and presided over by recently-inducted Baron of the Barossa, Andrew Caillard MW, the day was dedicated to a unique live auction and on-line bidding of Barossa’s finest and favourite wines. Verticals, large formats and single-bottle rarities of some of Australia’s greatest names and estates were all on offer: Penfolds Grange; Henschke Hill of Grace; St Hallett Old Block and Charles Melton Nine Popes among the rare and distinguished lots. Caillard, himself a veteran of over twenty years of international auction, declared: “I have rarely – if ever – seen such ferocious and determined bidding from the floor…”
At a time when all of the world’s international wine regions are trying to establish and then further their fine wine credentials, this was a first for an Australian wine region, and one that clearly sets a high bar for others to follow.
James March, chief executive of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association, explained: “Successful marketing is all about differentiation, and we believe that our fine wine story is one that makes Barossa stand out. The opportunity to create a unique event with a company like Langton’s is just good strategy – it’s a trading platform that both positions and promotes your region at the same time.
“There is no doubt that Australia needs to develop a fine wine narrative of its own, and this auction has cast Barossa as a major character in that story,” March concluded.
2015 Barossa Wine Chapters Auction Results
Top prices in the live auction – including buyer’s premium
- 2009 HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley, Imperial – $12,815 (equates to $1,601 per 750mls. Last auction price December 2014 -$536 per 750mls)
- JACOB’S CREEK Steingarten Riesling 6 Bottle Mixed Set, Eden Valley – $1048 (equates $175 per bottle, average auction bottle price – $33)
- 1962 PENFOLDS Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet-Kalimna Shiraz -$7689 a record result for this wine at Langton’s auction (last auction price December 2014 – $4660)
- 2009 PENFOLDS Bin 95 Grange Shiraz, South Australia, imperial – $53590 (equates to $6698 per 750mls, average auction price for 750mls – $582)
- PETER LEHMANN PERSONAL CELLAR 12 Bottle Mixed Set, Barossa Valley – $7689 ($641 per bottle)
- ROCKFORD Basket Press Shiraz 6 Magnum Set, Barossa Valley -$6058 (equates to $1009 per magnum, average auction price for magnum -$300)
- SEPPELTSFIELD 100 Year Old Para Vintage Tawny WWI Anthology Aged Tawny Port, Barossa – $6058, a record price, last price, 2014 – $5126
- 2006 TORBRECK The Laird Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Double magnum – $6058 (equates to $1,514 per 750mls. Last auction price August 2014 -$583 per 750mls)
- 1998 WOLF BLASS WINES Black Label, South Australia, magnum -$1281 (last auction price for a 750mls – $118)
Top 5 Prices Online – including buyer’s premium
- 2010 HENTLEY FARM Clos Otto Shiraz, Barossa Valley, double magnum – $1488, more than double top catalogue estimate.
- 1967 PENFOLDS Bin 7 Cabernet Shiraz, Coonawarra / Kalimna – $2144, a record price for Langton’s auctions, last price -$1607, December, 2014
- PETER LEHMANN Stonewell Shiraz 10 Bottle Vertical 2001-2010, Barossa -$1282, equates to $128 per bottle, average bottle price across vintages approximately -$88
- ROCKFORD Framed first edition Rockford poster autographed by Robert O’Callaghan, Barossa Valley – $940, top catalogue estimate -$250
- 1998 TURKEY FLAT Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, magnum - $270; 750mls price at auction -$58