Bulk Fortified Wines for Barrel Ageing

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Liebich Wines
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Photo: John Krüger

It’s the depths of winter. 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).

Ron Liebich continually makes large batches of bulk blends to keep up with demand by masterfully blending fresher vintage 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.

Liebichwein bulk fortifieds all suit barrel ageing. 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). Only available at cellar door.

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 a wide range of premium bottled fortified wines ranging in age from one to thirty years old. A sweet treat indeed!

The making of Liebich Lovely Sparkling

While the first Liebichwein sparkling wine project began as simply producing a wine for the family, it is now available as a limited release. We are over the moon with this Lovely Sparkling wine!

You may be asking, why have we made a sparkling and why has it taken us so long?

It’s no secret that Janet’s favourite wine style is fizz and our whole family enjoy sharing bubbles with friends and family.Ron has been experimenting with growing a variety of Pinot Noir clones and making the odd dry red which he’s been pretty happy with, but he was up for a new challenge. A trip to the Champagne region in 2014 was the inspiration needed for Ron to explore the realm of Traditional Method sparkling.

We knew we needed help with this project so we enlisted the support of Sean and Sue Delaney of Sinclair’s Gully and Simon Greenleaf who make fine wines in the Adelaide Hills. They all encouraged us to have a go and were willing to share their tips and provide access to their equipment. Excitedly, we embarked on the collaboration.

The Lovely Sparkling story started early in vintage 2014 when we handpicked our own Pinot Noir destined to be the sparkling base wine. This was then blended with fresher Pinot base wine from vintage 2016 to build complexity. In late 2017, we arranged a few rounds of dedicated tasting trials to get the balance of body and sweetness just right. The wine is hand-disgorged, dosaged, capped and labelled to order. We decided to use our own Ruby Fortified Grenache for dosage to add sweetness and a pink hue.

The next steps were to think of a suitable name and package. We chose the name ‘Lovely’ for a number of reasons. Our family name Liebich is very close to the German word ‘lieblich’ which means ‘lovely’, the Barossa Valley maintains strong German heritage, and of course the wine is pretty lovely to look at, sip and savour.

Given that the quantity is very limited, purchases are restricted to cellar door customers and mailing list members.

Taste Notes
Delicate blush from contact with grape skins. Tantalising strawberry, blossom and toasted brioche aromas lead to a lively lingering palate. Simply lovely!

$30 per bottle

Contact the winery directly to order Lovely Sparkling as it is disgorged and labelled by hand in small quantities.

Custom Wine Gift Ideas

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Custom Personalised Wine Bottles

 

Perfect for Christmas, Birthdays, Corporate Gifts and Special Events

You choose the wine and packaging, we do the rest!

We offer a personalised boutique wine experience for our customers. Your custom label or personal message can be added to a selection of wine styles including cleanskins and current labelled stock.

Choose from ready-to-drink reds or fortified wines of various age and complexity. We can also arrange presentation packs of 1-4 bottles.

375mL  from $8 per bottle

750mL – from $10 per bottle

This is the perfect gift for loved ones, corporate gifts, wedding bonbonnieres or events.

Contact us to discuss your ideas and get a quote!

The Lofty Cabernet Sauvignon – Museum Release

The Lofty Cabernet Sauvignon square

Liebich Lofty Cabernet Sauvignon is wine of great quality and character dedicated to Ron’s father, “Lofty” (Lesley Alwyn) Liebich (1916-1953) who was a man with high ideals. Produced in special vintages since 1992 when the cellar door was established.

 

Single vineyard wine sourced from the old 40 acre block, planted by Clarence Walter “Darkie” Liebich in 1969. Dead arm affliction reduces yield but enhances flavour as does the use of hand-pruning and minimal irrigation. The vines grow on heavy black biscay soil at Rowland Flat on the eastern foothills of the Barossa.

 

Special museum stock is released as it becomes available. The last vintage 2006 (now sold out) was a very good growing season resulting in an extremely low yield of 1 tonne per acre. Traditional techniques of hand plunging, basket-pressing with no fining or filtration were employed for fuller flavour.

 

A typical Liebichwein Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich and enticing wine exhibiting violet and spiced blackberry fruit nuances perfectly balanced with the subtle oak after maturation for over five years in various aged French oak barrels. Super concentrated flavours and ultra silky tannins. This style of Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon will always be good drinking and will reward patience with bottle maturation for at least 15-20 years, especially under screw cap.

Liebich The Lofty Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages released: 2006, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1995, 1992

Liebich Museum Red Wine Tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Vintage 1999

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.

Vintage 2001

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

Vintage 1998

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.

Vintage 2001

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.

 

 

 

Barossa Heritage in a Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this chance to taste rare wines from our personal cellar!

We’re holding special tastings at cellar door during the Barossa Vintage Festival. This festival has been running for 70 years and in 2017 we are celebrating the 25th vintage for Liebichwein.

Select vintages from 1999 through to 2008 will be open every day for wine tasting flights.

Retrospective Reds include The Darkie Shiraz, The Lofty Cabernet Sauvignon and Potter’s Merlot.

Forgotten Fortifieds include single varietal blends, some over 20 years old.

Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd April 2017 between 11am-5pm.

ADDRESS

151 Steingarten Road,
Rowland Flat,
South Australia 5352

POSTAL ADDRESS

P.O. BOX 916
Rowland Flat SA 5352

VISIT US

Our Cellar Door is open Friday through to Monday 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Other times are welcome by prior appointment.

CLOSED – Christmas Day , Boxing Day, New Year’s Day.

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