Spring in the Barossa is one of our favourite times of year. Everything is freshly renewed as vines take shape and form bushy leaf growth – a sight to behold. Vineyards are looking so pretty with shades of green everywhere. Cover crops appear between vineyard rows and roses start to flower along the end of rows. The Barossa Ranges slowly change from bright green to yellowy brown as temperatures move from crisp chills to warm sunny days. It’s such a delicate time of year for grape growers and winemakers. Budburst kicks in and we watch conditions that help shape the quality of the fruit for next vintage.
Student Support from France
For the last 9 years we have been fortunate to host a posse of agricultural students from Universities in France.
Our latest intern, Augustin, worked with us for 3 months between July and September 2018. His family are rice growers in Carmague, Southern France, and he attends a University in Toulouse.
Augustin’s assistance in every aspect of our business was much appreciated from doing jobs in the vineyard, winemaking support, bottling, labelling and serving cellar door customers. Augustin was a real asset on our biannual trip to the Eyre Peninsula Field Day where he helped with filling a never-ending stream of bulk fortified containers.
We have been fortunate to visit previous interns in France a few years ago. Hopefully we can visit again soon to see Augustin, meet his family and sample more French wines and cheese.
We’re absolutely thrilled with results from the Barossa Wine Show 2018. Ron has outdone himself picking up a Trophy for Museum Fortified for the second year in a row. Rare Tawny was crowned Best Museum Red Fortified. Last year saw Rare Semillon get a similar honour in the Best Museum White Fortified Class.
All entries from around the Barossa region were such high calibre, we’re proud to be among the same company. Congratulations to all other medal and trophy winners.
Other Liebichwein medal winners:
- Rare Frontignac = SILVER (yet to be released)
- 2018 Vintage Fortified Petit Verdot (baby VP – yet to be released) = BRONZE
- Classic Muscat = BRONZE
- Lovely Sparkling Pinot Noir NV = BRONZE
Eyre Peninsula Field Days entice to head west every two years for a huge 3 day event in August. We make sure that we’re stocked with plenty of wine including a pallet tank of Ron’s Blend Tawny to sell by the litre.
The tasting bar serves a range of Liebichwein reds and fortifieds in the Food and Lifestyle area.
It’s fantastic to return each year and see our regular customers and meet new ones and to give them a taste of the Barossa Valley.
Home barrel owners have the chance to be crowned with ‘best fortified blend’. Do you have a port you are proud of or simply want some advice to make it even better?
Having a home barrel to age your own wine is fantastic! By running this competition, we aim to reward the patience and skill in taking on this challenge. Budding winemakers are encouraged to enter one or more samples of their own home barrel fortified for professional evaluation by Ron and an experienced judging panel.
Home Barrel Competition entries are open now to all home barrel owners Australia-wide as long as a 200mL wine sample can be sent without spilling a precious drop. All entries must be received by 8th September 2018 for judging (entry fee $10 per wine). Entries can be dropped off at Liebichwein during cellar door hours or posted to the winery in a well-sealed bottle/jar with secure packaging. Prizes awarded for the Top 3 wines selected and will be announced by the end of September. First prize is a specially made dipstick trophy, a set of rare fortified wines and bragging rights. Second and third prizes are a 375 mL bottle of rare fortified wine aged over 20 years old which can be used as blending material for your barrel.
Home Barrel Competition Entry Form