A very old and very special fortified wine to uphold our family Barossa traditions!
This rare Semillon was sourced from 20 year old barrels started with a small amount of wine from Ron’s Grandfather Benno Liebich’s 80 year old barrel. All Liebichwein fortified wines are made from grapes grown on the property in the southern end of Barossa Valley.
Liebich Rare Semillon is released specially for Liebichwein’s 25th Anniversary. An exquisite aged fortified in extremely limited quantity of 300 bottles that are specially printed with gold ink with a cork stopper and wax seal.
Proud winner of a gold medal and trophy at the 2017 Barossa Wine Show for Best Museum White Fortified.
Simply magical liquid gold! Gorgeous rich and complex nose capturing the essence of fruit cake and burnt toffee. The palate clearly shows wonderfully developed aged flavours and great intensity. A super smooth and syrupy mouthful carries the explosion of nutty and toffee richness. It all ends with a luscious sweetness and lingering persistence.
$70 per 375mL bottle
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Barossa Wine Show 2017 judging was held in September. Liebichwein are very proud to report that their fortified wines received the following awards:
- Gold medal and overall Trophy for Best Museum White Fortified – Liebich Rare Semillon
- Silver medal – Liebichwein Classic Muscat
See all results from the competition here.
Is it coincidence that Lindsay Head’s number was 17 (famous South Australian footballer in the 60’s), and therefore Ron’s favourite number?
Vintage 2017 has been the best year that Ron can recall since 1996 in terms of weather, quantity and quality of all types of fruit on our property, not only wine and table grapes.
The start of harvest was like a return to ‘normal’ and not 3 weeks early as in recent years with such hot summers. Vintage threatened to finish early, before a cool damp spell gave way to an Indian summer, which extended the season and improved the quality and flavour of the subsequent wine. Ron is particularly happy with the 2017 fortifieds to keep bulk stocks topped up. He even crushed some Shiraz for a one off vintage fortified wine.
It was a nice change to have picking spread out from mid March into the first week of May. This meant a chance to enjoy the Barossa Vintage Festival.
Let’s raise a glass to 2017!
We hosted some very special tastings at cellar door during the 2017 Barossa Vintage Festival in April.
Over our 25 years of business, Ron has been carefully stashing away a few cases of each vintage ever produced of our premium red wine range. What a treat it was for us to taste our museum stocks to see how they were travelling. Overall, they are all aging well and the following vintages were selected based on their greater intensity and developed varietal characters.
Winemaker Ron Liebich’s Comments:
The Darkie Shiraz
A relatively cooler year produced a wine with everything you’d expect for Barossa Shiraz. This wine still show great depth of colour, fruit intensity and complexity. Developed fruitcake spice, smoky oak and lovely pepper hints carry through to smooth long palate.
A great quality season helped the wines ‘make themselves’ in the vineyard. A concentrated and full bodied Shiraz with magnificent mouth feel. Tight tannins still grip a little, but are nicely balanced with subtle woody notes and cherry jam sweetness. Beautiful development under cork. 2001 is holding up better than the 2000’s. Still has a few years to live.
The Lofty Cabernet Sauvignon
A superb quality season. This Cab still shows great depth of colour, fruit intensity and complexity. Palate is spot on with acidity and drying tannins contributing to a tightly structured, persistent palate. Drinking well now.
A concentrated Cabernet with super fine tannins and a lack of any aggressive oak characters. The trademark style of Liebichwein Cabernet still comes through with ripe blackberries and intense floral violet notes. Palate is still fresh and amazingly long. Still has a few years to live.
A wholly tempting blend of classic Bordeaux and Spanish varietals all grown on the Liebich property in the southern part of the Barossa Valley. The name “Tempt” derives from the letters of the three varietals.
The Petit Verdot and Tempranillo vines, planted in 2000, are some of the oldest growing in the Barossa Valley region. Our climate in South Australia is not dissimilar to the climate and terrain of several regions in Spain, so Tempranillo is well suited to our site.
Petit Verdot provides attractive berry fruits, Merlot rounds out the smooth body and a splash of Tempranillo adds depth and lengthens the palate. This unique blend was hand plunged and basket-pressed, then spent 18 months undisturbed in seasoned French oak, before being bottled without filtration to encapsulate the fruit flavours.
This wine can be enjoyed now and for at least 10 years. Perfect with tapas and paella.This wine was bottled in screw cap to immortalise the magnificent flavours beyond the life span of cork.
Taste Notes: Deep burgundy colour. Intense bouquet of raspberries, mulberries, floral and sweet spice which follow through to the palate. Medium-full bodied with fine tannins, excellent fruit length, and a soft finish.
Blend: 40% Petit Verdot 40% Merlot 20% Tempranillo
Alc. Vol. 14.5%
Case: $259/12 bottles (save $29)
Previous Vintages: 2005