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
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.
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
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.
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.
Back vintage red wines & museum fortified barrels
Do yourself a favour and plan to visit Barossa on the first weekend of September for Gourmet festivities.
Chief winemaker Ron Liebich?has turned 70 this year. With over 45 Barossa vintages under his belt we decided to share some special wines from his past vintages on Father’s Day.?Don’t miss this chance to taste rare wines from our personal cellar!
Wine tasting flights include?Retrospective Reds (vintage 2000-2004 Darkie Shiraz, Lofty Cab, Potter’s Merlot) and Forgotten Fortifieds?(different grape varieties, some over 20 years old). Wines also?available by the glass and bottle. Wine flights are served with savoury or sweet food prepared by local chef Leon.?All food is inspired from old Barossa cookbooks like Grandma used to make. Tea and coffee supplied by?Hot and Frothy Coffee van.?Families will enjoy vintage games and ?port? for kids. To top it off we?re spinning classic tunes from Ron?s heyday.
We are looking forward to sharing some blasts from the past. A?delightful way to spend a day in the Barossa!
Savoury Food Platter
Pork and Rabbit Brawn,?Lamb kibbi,?Beef Pepper and Port Sausage Roll
Sweet Food Platter
Quark Cheesecake,?Chocolate and muscat Brownie,?Raisin Clafoutis
Please pre-book?tickets for tasting flights and food for catering purposes.
Museum wines available by the glass.
Taste Very Old Rare Tawny.
Kids can enjoy yummy food,?”port for kids” and vintage games.
WHEN:????????????Sunday 4 September 2016?12pm???4pm
TICKETS:? ? ? ?$39.50?includes a wine flight matched with food
WHERE:???????? 151 Steingarten Road,?Rowland Flat
All ticket holders enter the prize draw to win a Red Magnum or Rare Tawny bottle.
Check out other events happening that weekend September 2-4
Barossa Gourmet Weekend 2016
The 2012 vintage is sold out as of June 2016. Fans of Shiraz might like to try the Ron’s Selection Old Vine Shiraz or The Darkie Shiraz, considered the ‘big brother’ of Leveret.?
Leveret is the term for a baby hare, which narrowly escapes being run over by the tractor from row to row.
A single vineyard Barossa Shiraz from the excellent 2012 vintage. Lovers of big Barossa Shiraz won?t be disappointed. A?classic full bodied black inky Barossa shiraz grown on 22 year old vines in the eastern foothills of Rowland Flat, where heavier red brown black soils predominate.
Traditional techniques of hand plunging, basket-pressing and bottling without fining or filtration, all help to preserve the essence of fruit. Maturation for 24 months in seasoned American and French oak has delivered a complex wine with intense dark berries balanced superbly with spiced vanillin oak flavours.
This wine?was bottled in screw cap to immortalise the magnificent flavours beyond the life span of cork. It will reward cellaring for at least?10 years. We recommend serving with richly flavoured foods.
2012 Taste Notes: Black inky colour. Bouquet of bright red plums and vanilla spice. ?Lush chocolate flavours coat the mouth like velvet with bold berry fruit length. A full bodied wine with subtle oak tannins and a palate that lingers.
Alc. Vol. 15.5%
Previous Vintages:?1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010