After a year or two off and many customer requests this fortified wine judging competition returns in Winter 2015. The competition is open to all home barrel owners Australia-wide. The competition started as part of Fortified Fest events where we celebrated Liebich family fortified winemaking traditions. Wines will be judged in a blind tasting by experienced palates.
Ron has always encouraged budding home blenders to bring in samples to cellar door get his expert advice on how to improve their blend to suit their personal preferences, be it Tawny, Muscat or Semillon or combining different varieties and ages.
Entries are due by 14th July and announced on 26th July at a special event in the Barrel Shed. All entrants receive tasting notes and comments on their blend.
Grape juice was flying as the iconic grape treading event returned for its biennial appearance at the Barossa Vintage Festival on 18th April 2015. Liebichwein have proudly sponsored this event for over 10 years.
The treading event differed from previous years by holding all heats and finals on the one day at ‘Barossa Comes Home’ on Tanunda Oval not long after the festival parade wound into town. There were three hotly contested competitions with a total of 20 teams participating in the Winery, School and Open Classes.
Young and old climbed into the bins and eagerly stomped the grapes. The participants got right into it, especially the kids teams who relished having a go. At one stage there were four adult teams in second place who had stomped the same amount of juice. Enthusiastic crowds watched throughout the day, even when the event was almost a complete wash out. Latter teams even got a slight advantage from the rain.
The winery winners received a trophy, a specially labelled magnum of Liebich Ruby Grenache and a mixed box of wines donated by Barossa wineries. The school winners will get their name engraved in the Liebichwein Barrel Trophy.
Special thanks to Australian Cork Company for donating the perpetual winery trophy, Dave Devries for ringside announcements and all the helpers who made the event less sticky for everyone involved. Thanks to Kersbrook Cold Store for use of their cool room for grape storage. Ron, who supplied the Grenache grapes, is now converting this well-stomped juice into a smooth young Tawny.
Grape Treading Results
Winery Winners – The Harvesters – Paul Noack & Steve Schiller 1350mL (Second time winners)
Grape stomping, street parade, scarecrows, chocolate and wine indulgence were just some of the variety of activities Liebichwein were involved with over the five days of the Barossa Vintage Festival held in April 2015.
Cellar Door was run off its feet with people booking in for the Fortified and Chocolate Experience. Visitors enjoyed a journey of flavour through four varieties of premium fortified wines ranging from two to twenty years old. Wines were matched to four homemade chocolate truffles. A rare treat!
Once again we entered a float in the famous Barossa Festival Parade, the longest street parade in the southern hemisphere. Our daughter Briony and son-in-law Damian proudly dressed the winery float in a ‘Classic Old Barossa’ theme complete with scarecrow (Grandpa “Gus” Braunack) and classic 1960’s beach buggy. See more photos
Grape juice was flying as the iconic grape treading event returned for its biennial appearance at the Festival. Young and old climbed into the bins and eagerly stomped the grapes. Liebichwein have proudly sponsored this event for 10 years. Ron is now converting the well-stomped Grenache juice into a smooth young Tawny. See results here
We are keen to wear and share a T shirt during the 2015 vintage that fits with the theme of harvest and our involvement with grape treading at the Barossa Vintage Festival.
We were inspired by this metal tin which resides in cellar door and always attracts attention. It can be a new image to fit with similar text or something completely original for a slogan and image that shows exactly what our name means – “I LOVE WINE”
Please offer colour suggestions too!
We would love to see your creative ideas to help us select a winning design to use. The design should be suited to both male and female style shirts.
The winner will receive:
A T Shirt printed with their winning design
A dozen Liebich Old Vine Shiraz (valued at $300)
So how do you enter?
Download the entry form using the link at the bottom of this page.
Post your design to us at: T Shirt Design, Liebichwein, PO Box 916, Rowland Flat SA 5352
Drop it into Cellar Door in Rowland Flat
Scan and email it to us at: email@example.com
As part of Fortified Fest we received a record number of entries.
The judges were Ron Liebich (Winemaker), Briony Liebich (Sensory Analyst) and Gill Gordon-Smith (Wine Educator & Judge).
Impressive range of wines of fantastic quality without any major faults. We were drawn to wines that showed well-aged characteristics that were complete wines as they were at the time of tasting. All entries were at different stages and showed great potential to get better with age and quality topping wine.
Competition was tough as quality was high, but Geoff Cobbledick pulled through – amazingly for the third year in a row! Geoff’s winning blend is a superbly aged Tawny from his keg started in 1985 that is hard to beat! Congratulations also to Rob Johnson who came 2nd and Colin White in 3rd place.