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.
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
It’s incredible to see the Barossa Vintage Festival being so successful over the last 70 years – the longest running wine festival in Australia!
We were thrilled to meet so many new faces during festival events and at Liebichwein cellar door. Our scarecrow Benno (Ron’s grandfather’s name) was there to wave his glass of plonk to all who passed by in Rowland Flat.
The weather was kind and crowds flocked to popular events like the Vintage Festival Parade which we watched in full for the first time ever! Following the parade, Ron was kept busy organising the Grape Treading Competition. A large audience gathered at Nuriootpa Oval to watch 12 teams of children and adults stomp over 20 buckets of Grenache grapes. Ron has since turned this juice into a batch of port.
Congratulations to locals Steve Schiller and Paul Noack of “The Harvesters” for backing up their Grape Treading Champion title from the 2015 festival. They stomped a whopping 1590mL in 2 minutes pipping the Penfolds team by just 20mL.
Another fun event was Feast, Folk and Fossick at Lyndoch where a huge BBQ was built and fired up from 2am on feasting day. Look out for a repeat of this popular event.
It is the French term for a baby hare, which narrowly escapes being run over by the tractor from row to row. Ron chose the name back in 1999 after seeing our Cairn Terrier chase many a hare amongst the vines.
We are proud to present the 2014 Leveret Shiraz. Lovers of rich and juicy Barossa Shiraz won’t be disappointed.
This single vineyard Barossa Shiraz was grown on 24 year old vines in the eastern foothills of Rowland Flat, where heavier red brown black soils predominate.
Traditional techniques of hand plunging, basket-pressing and bottling without fining or filtration, all help to preserve the essence of fruit. Maturation for 24 months in seasoned American and French oak has delivered a complex wine with fruit-forward flavours, subtle oak influence and well-integrated tannins.
Enjoy now and for at least 10 years, particularly with red meats and richly flavoured foods. This wine was bottled in screw cap to immortalise the magnificent flavours beyond the life span of cork.
Taste Notes: Black inky colour. Bouquet of ripe plums, cherries, chocolate and vanilla spice. Full-bodied with fine tannins, excellent fruit length, and a smooth silky finish.