Barossa’s great tradition of fortified winemaking was celebrated at the Barrel Shed Winter Warmer at Liebichwein on Sunday 26th July 2015. Ron and Janet Liebich have been hosting special events to showcase fortifieds for over 10 years.
Ron is considered one of Australia’s best producers of fortified wines. With over 45 years grape growing and winemaking experience in the Barossa region, Ron produces wine in limited quantities from fruit grown on the property. The Liebich fortified range draws on family museum stocks dating back to the 1940’s.
A special tasting of rare barrel samples boasted four different grape varieties comparing vastly different ages. Wines fresh from the recent vintage yet to be oaked were compared with wines aged over 20 years old; Muscat, Red Frontignac, Semillon and Grenache. Tasters were impressed with the unique flavours of each variety and understood more about the art of blending, gaining expert tips for producing a quality home barrel blend.
Gourmet pies, French crepes and Janet’s homemade chocolate truffles were on the menu and sold out quickly. Vineyard cheese platters featured locally made heart-shaped cheeses, one infused with fortified Frontignac in the process.
Thanks to Mike Roberts Music who entertained the crowd packed into the warm and cosy barrel shed.
Prior to the event, budding wine blenders were encouraged to enter a fortified judging competition to vie for the prestigious “Best Home Barrel Blend”. Three experienced judges faced a difficult decision as “All entries were of high standard with many excellent Tawny styles showing good age, depth and balance”. Entrants gained Ron’s specialist advice on how to improve their blend.
Congratulations to all winners!
- First Place: Chris Semmler
- Second Place: Filippo Pizzino
- Third Place: Gregg Mewett