2016 sees the inaugural release of Wine Ark’s “Best of” series. The list provides a snapshot of the movements of wine into and out of Wine Ark’s managed cellars nationally for 2016.

The Best of 2016 list only reflects movements during the year, rather than what has accumulated in the cellars over time (see Wine Ark’s Australia’s Most Collected Wines for further information). This series is without subjective view or opinion – it purely represents movements in and out of the Wine Ark managed cellars.

TOP WINE ADDITIONS IN 2016

  1. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2015
  2. Lake’s Folly Cabernet 2014 (only 18 bottles behind first place!)
  3. Penfolds St Henri 2012

TOP THREE PRODUCERS ADDED TO THE CELLARS IN 2016

  1. Penfolds (Top three Penfolds wines added were Bin 389, St Henri then Grange).
  2. Tyrrell’s
  3. Rockford

Penfolds comprised over 50% of the top three brands added to the cellars in 2016, confirming this iconic brand isn’t showing any sign of slowing up its dominance in Australia’s most collected wines.

MOST COMMON VINTAGE ADDED TO THE WINE ARK CELLARS – 2014

TOP REGIONS ADDED TO WINE ARK CELLARS

  1. Barossa Valley
  2. Hunter Valley
  3. Margaret River

FAVOURITE VARIETALS ADDED IN 2016

  1. Shiraz (at double the volume of second place)
  2. Pinot Noir
  3. Cabernet Sauvignon
  4. Chardonnay

Wine Ark’s John Cuff was surprised to see Clonakilla top the list. “It came as a surprise that the top wine entering the cellars in 2016 was the Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2015 – not due to the quality of this brilliant wine but due to its limited availability. It shows that wine collectors know a good thing when they come across it and vote with their wallets” said Mr Cuff.

Jeremy Oliver, wine writer and presenter states “There’s a lot of guesswork but not a lot of real data around the area of what wine is cellared, for how long and what wine people actually like taking out of their cellars to drink. With the unique extent of its nationwide wine storage facilities, wine-ark is in a unique position to fill in some of these gaps in our knowledge. When you see small production wines like Lake’s Folly and Clonakilla claiming such a high place in this hierarchy it also makes you feel good – people are really getting the message!

John Cuff goes on to say “It’s also refreshing to see the lighter side of the wine spectrum making its presence felt as the second most added variety. Shiraz was always going to dominate the numbers with over double that of Pinot, however we are seeing more and more of this amazing varietal enter our cellars every year. It’s great to see Chardonnay in at number four- both these classic Burgundian varieties have been bolstered by the growing popularity of Burgundy in the cellars along with the increasingly age worthy Australian examples of these grapes”

The oldest bottle removed from the Wine Ark managed cellars in 2016 was a 1927 Gould Cambell Douro DOC Vintage Port. The most commonly removed vintage was 2010, followed by 2009 then 2005. Surprisingly only one 50th birthday bottle of 1966 was removed – a Chateau Beau-Site from St-Estephe, Bordeaux.

Established in 1999, Wine Ark’s state-of-the-art storage facilities cement Wine Ark’s reputation as one of the most respected brands in the industry. Wine Ark stores over two million bottles of wine in 16 cellars across Australia, for clients in over 30 countries.

With cellars in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Wine Ark offers private wine vaults and managed cellarage accompanied by an exciting program of events and vintage wine sales.

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