Continuing our festive shopping list series from the Dec/Jan issue of Halliday Wine Companion magazine, we perused Langton’s latest selection of gifting wines with a $2000 budget in mind and came up with a list that will ensure your celebrations go off with a bang this December.
2012 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange – $760
Coming out of the gate strong – it is Christmas after all – a bottle of the 99-point wine that James Halliday says encapsulates ‘every black fruit flavour known to man or woman, and will become more magical with each passing decade’ is guaranteed to impress your fellow revellers this festive season and set a tone of indulgence. If you have already stocked up on this vintage or want to stick to wines priced in double digits, such as the 2013 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, Langton’s unrivalled Penfolds collection contains plenty more options.
NV Gosset Grand Rose Brut – $100
This salmon-hued drop from Champagne’s oldest house bursts with red berries on the nose and palate, making for the ultimate welcome drink.
Rieslingfreak six-pack – $180
In addition to the five-trophy-winning 2017 No.3 Clare Valley Riesling, this summer-perfect multipack includes the latest releases of the No.2 Polish Hill and No.4 Eden Valley wines as well as the off-dry No.8 and an aged No.6 riesling praised for its ‘classy edge’ of pink grapefruit. Considering these wines are out of stock at cellar door and winemaker John Hughes has described this year as the ‘greatest riesling vintage of the century thus far’, this is a no-brainer inclusion on our festive shopping list.
McHenry Hohnen Single Sites Chardonnay six-pack – $275
Featuring two bottles each of the 2016 chardonnays from the Burnside, Calgardup and Hazel’s vineyards, this pack showcases the various stonefruit aromas, mineral tension, punchy acidity and creamy cashew notes found in the finest Margaret River whites. When you’re being picky your festive party purchases, looking to a five-star winery and this year’s Len Evans Tutorial dux (in winemaker Julian Grounds) is a safe path to take.
Santamaria Dry Gin Reserva – $80
An orange-infused, barrel-aged gin from Spain that uses grapes for its base is well worth adding to your home bar if you like your spirits to be nuanced and non-traditional.
2008 Guy Charlemagne Cuvee Mesnillesime Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs – $145
A Champagne celebrated for its citrussy power and which has been maturing in underground cellars after what James Halliday called the ‘vintage of the decade’ is perhaps the ultimate aperitif for Christmas, or any celebration in the next 10 years for that matter. It’s worth noting the Langton’s gifting collection has plenty more Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux bottles to choose from for those wanting to give their festive drinks list a French slant.
2014 Mount Mary Quintet – $135
Mount Mary wines are hard to find as it is and this release (from a year that saw little wine made in the Yarra Valley) certainly embodies that cult-level scarcity. Rated 97 points and described by James Halliday as a ‘dark berry-flavoured Bordeaux blend that will develop superbly’, the only question is whether to open this bottle from our current Winery of the Year now or cellar it as a gift to your future self.
2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Corvina six-pack – $138
Considered one of the best value Italian reds out there, this medium-bodied wine boasts the silkiness to appeal to all parties around the Christmas dinner table.
Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Rum – $150
Marketed as the Grand Cru of Caribbean rums, this blend is aged in bourbon barrels in Barbados before being shipped to France for the finessing provided by Cognac casks. Christmas pudding and coconut notes, not to mention a rather smart bottle, make this a generous gift for under the tree – even if it’s simply a present for yourself.
Coming in impressively under budget, one might be tempted to start a Duclot Bordeaux Prestige Collection fund with the change. That only leaves you $17,958 left to raise between now and its release date in September.
For details on the drinks above or more gifting inspiration, visit langtons.com.au/celebrate.