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Home Barrel Competition for Fortified Wine

Liebichwein Home Barrel Competition

Do you have your own home barrel?

Are you proud of how it is developing?

Would you like feedback from an experienced winemaker?

Liebichwein run this unique wine judging competition for home barrel owners to compete for the honorary title of BEST HOME BARREL BLEND in Australia.

This is your chance to win bragging rights and a swag of rare fortified wines that can be used as blending material. Gain recognition for your wine blending skills and receive valuable feedback from a winemaker with over 50 years experience producing fortified wine styles.

Liebichwein take great pride in offering fortified wines for home barrel owners and 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 Liebich and an experienced wine judging panel.

Entry Details

  • Liebichwein Home Barrel Competition is open to all home barrel owners Australia-wide
  • Entry forms, fees and samples are to be received by the due date to be eligible.
  • Sample size required is minimum 200mL in a well-sealed glass bottle/jar with secure packaging
  • Entry fee is $10 per sample
  • Each entry must have a separate entry form
  • All entries must be labelled with entrant’s name, phone number and email
  • All entries can be delivered to Liebichwein during cellar door hours or posted to the winery
  • All wines will be judged in a blind tasting by an experienced panel
  • Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 wines
  • Tasting notes and feedback will be provided to each entrant

Key Dates

  • Entries close Friday 27th September 2019
  • Sample delivery due by Sunday 29th September 2019
  • Winners announced in early October 2019

For more information, please email info@liebichwein.com.au

Home-Barrel-Competition-Entry-Form 2019

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Best Home Barrel Fortified Winners

Announcing the winners of the prestigious “Best Home Barrel Blend” for the 2018 competition. Judging took place in September with three expert judges deliberating samples of Tawny and white fortified wines sent in from our customer base.

Wines were very high standard with very little to pick on in terms of faults. All entries were worthy of medals. The winning wines showed complex flavours, great depth and balance. Entrants gained Ron’s specialist advice on how to improve their blend, which we believe is the most important outcome of this event.

Thanks to everyone who entered and helps support our business. We are only too happy to help you with our complete range of fortifieds to achieve the best results for your barrels.

Congratulations to all winners!

First Place: John Ridenour
Second Place: Martin Kennedy
Third Place: Filippo Pizzino

Ron Liebich’s winemaking comments:

Smaller barrels need to be “worked” to achieve best results. It is ok to have great rancio characters, the high ratio of wood in small barrels to wine means adding younger wine at times, preferably with minimum wood age (such as Ruby Fortified) as a portion of the addition. Youthful fortifieds are perfect for blending out excess wood tannin and maintaining fruit wood balance. The gold winners had the best balance of fruit and oak integration, indicating good management and  patience.

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Home Fortified Barrel Competition 2018

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.

 

Entry Details

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

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Pop up Cellar Door in Eyre Peninsula

GMS bottled empty

Every year we head west to the Eyre Peninsula Field Days in Cleve, We load up the car and trailer with plenty of wine including a pallet tank of Tawny to sell by the litre. A tasting bar with wine sales is set up in the Food and Lifestyle area. It’s fantastic to return each year and see our regular customers and meet new ones.

The 2016 Field Days are August 9, 10 and 11.

You can find us at Site 38 on B Road located close to the western public entry point.

Download Main Site Plan here

 

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Bulk Fortified Wines for Barrel Ageing

Ron's Blend in the making
Ron’s Blend in the making

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the depths of winter. We recently had a sudden hail storm pass through and plenty of rain has saturated Barossa Valley soils.

This time of year is almost busier for us than vintage as the majority of wines sold at cellar door are winter warming fortifieds. We pride ourselves on our extensive range of bulk fortified wines suitable for drinking now or further ageing in your own barrel. There are six wine styles sold by the litre for people to perfect their home barrel blends. Many customers return with their own container and we sell reusable plastic containers (2, 5, 10, 20 Litre).

Youthful fortified wines available by the litre
Youthful fortified wines available by the litre

Ron Liebich continually makes large batches of bulk blends to keep up with demand by masterfully blending fresh 2015/2016 fortified wines with old museum stocks stored in the depths of the barrel shed. All fortifieds are produced from estate grown grapes left to fully ripen naturally in the vineyard.  Fortified wines are made from four different grape varieties producing different flavour profiles ranging from aromatic, floral and sweet to spicy and nutty.

There are seven types of fortified available in bulk that suit barrel ageing; ruby, tawny, and white styles and they all have unique features, colours and flavours. The wine you choose will depend on your taste preference and whether it is used to season a new keg, as a base wine  or for topping up a barrel.

Ruby Grenache       Unwooded Grenache, perfect rejuvenator for over-oaked and aged barrels

Ron’s Blend               Traditional Tawny style aged 2 years, perfect for topping up most barrels

Ron’s / Keg Blend   Rich semi-aged tawny, some woody notes (2/3 Ron’s + 1/3 Keg Blend)

Keg Blend                   Rich tawny  aged 5 years, developing woody notes, good for a starting barrel

Semillon                     Sweet Sherry (Apera) style aged 2 years with fresh toffee and nutty flavours

Muscat                        Youthful sweet style with floral, apricot and citrus flavours (Muscat Gordo grapes)

Frontignac                  Youthful sweet style with floral tropical and musk flavours (Red Frontignac grapes)

We invite you to visit cellar door to taste these wines in addition to more than 10 bottled fortified wines ranging in age from one to thirty years old. A sweet treat indeed!