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Recipe: Chocolate Drunken Fruit Truffles

 

These quick and easy fruity truffles are delightful to share with loved ones over a cup of tea or coffee. Serve with aged Grand Tawny Port or Classic Muscat for the complete indulgent experience. Perfect to make as gifts for a special occasion.

We have a preference for dark chocolate, but feel free to substitute with milk chocolate or use dairy-free chocolate and cake to make them suitable for vegan diets.

 

 

Prep?20 mins ? Standing Time?1 hour ? Makes?24 ? Difficulty?Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried fruit, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. orange zest, finely grated
  • ? cup fortified wine
  • 125g dark?chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 250g (2? cups) cake crumbs
  • ? cup desiccated coconut

Method

  • Put dried fruit in a bowl with some boiled water for 10-15 minutes then strain.
  • Mix fruit, orange zest and fortified wine of your choice.
  • Melt chocolate pieces using a double boiler or microwave in a glass bowl.
  • Add melted?chocolate?and cake crumbs to the fruit mixture and mix well.
  • Place coconut into a shallow bowl ready for coating truffles.
  • Roll mixture into small even balls with your hands, then roll each ball in coconut.
  • Keep in fridge or freezer until ready to use.
  • Devour!
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Wine Bar at Eyre Peninsula Field Days

 

Eyre Peninsula Field Days?entice to head west every two years for a huge 3 day event in August. We make sure that we’re stocked with plenty of wine including a pallet tank of Ron’s Blend Tawny to sell by the litre.

The tasting bar serves a range of Liebichwein reds and fortifieds in the Food and Lifestyle area.

It?s fantastic to return each year and see our regular customers and meet new ones and to give them a taste of the Barossa Valley.

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Matching Food and Fortified Wine

Fortified Wine and Dessert Pairings
Fortified Wine and Dessert Pairings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideas for serving Liebich fortified wines

Bulk Ruby Grenache?– Savoury ideas include glazing for caramelised onions, sauce for red game meats. For a sweet cocktail, pour over crushed ice and top up with Chocolade (chocolate flavoured soft drink sold at Liebichwein Cellar Door)

Bulk Semillon / Muscat – Add a dash to custard, dilute 50% with water and add to stewed fruit, ?50% diluted with water, ideal marinade for dried fruits used in Christmas cakes and desserts

Classic Muscat – Serve with fruit mince pies or desserts that feature citrus or stone fruits

Classic Frontignac – Serve with ripe berries or tropical desserts, fruity cheesecakes or pavlovas

Classic?Semillon – Perfect match with sticky date pudding, traditional Christmas pudding and toffee desserts such as cr?me brulee

Grand Tawny – Perfect with?traditional Christmas pudding, chocolate truffles and desserts that feature any type of chocolate or roasted nuts

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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!