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.
It is the French term for a baby hare, which narrowly escapes being run over by the tractor from row to row. Ron chose the name back in 1999 after seeing our Cairn Terrier chase many a hare amongst the vines.
We are proud to present the 2014 Leveret Shiraz. Lovers of rich and juicy Barossa Shiraz won’t be disappointed.
This single vineyard Barossa Shiraz was grown on 24 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 fruit-forward flavours, subtle oak influence and well-integrated tannins.
Enjoy now and for at least 10 years, particularly with red meats and richly flavoured foods. This wine was bottled in screw cap to immortalise the magnificent flavours beyond the life span of cork.
Taste Notes: Black inky colour. Bouquet of ripe plums, cherries, chocolate and vanilla spice. Full-bodied with fine tannins, excellent fruit length, and a smooth silky finish.
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!
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).
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
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!