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.
12 July 2012
12 July 2016
It?s the depths of winter here in the Barossa?, a cold and?wet one. On 12th July?2016 a?sudden hail storm passed through Rowland Flat and surrounding towns leaving snow-like trails. This was nothing compared to the hail that fell exactly four years ago to the day in a bizarre coincidence. The freak hail storm only?affected a very narrow band of the Barossa Ranges including our property on Steingarten?Road, Rowland Flat. It hailed so much in 2012 it?really did look like snow!
More Photos – Barossa Winter Wonderland
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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
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!
Easter will see us well and truly finished with this year?s? harvest! An uncharacteristically early and rapid vintage due to the hot season which affected the setting of the grapes. Our crops have been a lot smaller than we?d normally expect, but they have delivered outstanding quality and we have seen sensational flavours come through!