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The Lofty Cabernet Sauvignon – Museum Release

06 Lofty

The Lofty Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

This wine of great quality and character is 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.

Special museum stock 2006 vintage is currently available – 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 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. Exceptional drinking now, but will reward patience with bottle maturation for another 10 years at least.

15.5 % Alc. Vol.

Retail $48 per bottle.

 

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Thumb Press Cabernet Merlot

Tasting Notes

We named this wine in honour of Master Potter Hoffmann who settled on the Liebich property in the 1850’s and left his thumb print on each of his creations.

We are proud to present the 2012 Thumb Press Cabernet Merlot. Lovers of a good ‘ol classic red blend won’t be disappointed.

These perfectly paired varieties were grown on the Liebich property in the eastern foothills of Rowland Flat where heavier red brown black soils predominate.

This wine was hand plunged and basket-pressed, then spent 24 months in mainly seasoned French oak before being bottled without fining or filtration, to help preserve optimal fruit flavours. The 17% Merlot component delivers black cherry and mulberry blending seamlessly with the perfumed violet characters of the 83% Cabernet Sauvignon from low-yielding vines.
A wine of complete elegance and beauty from the excellent 2012 vintage. This wine was bottled in screw cap to immortalise the magnificent flavours beyond the life span of cork.

Enjoy now and for at least 10 years, particularly with lamb and duck dishes.

Taste Notes: Medium body, crimson brick red colour with brick red hue.  Full ripe mulberries and cherries with a hint of floral violet entwined with soft spicy oak and a refreshing acid linger on the finish. A rich and rewarding mouthful!

Alc. Vol. 14.5% 

RRP: $28.00/bottle

Case: $302/12 bottles (save $34)

Previous Vintages: 2005, 2010, 2012

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The Whole Shebang Red Blend

This red blend brings “The Whole Shebang” to the table from the Liebich vineyard. The first release was so popular that Ron had no choice but to get back to the blending bench.

Ron has spent many hours perfecting this blend of younger and older wines from five varieties all grown on the Liebich property including Merlot, Tempranillo and Pinot Noir. All blending wines were basket-pressed and unfiltered to retain concentrated flavours.

A sensational value non-vintage red blend that won’t last long in anyone’s cellar.

 

Taste Notes: The nose is full of dark berries with well balanced spicy oak from older blend components. The palate is elegantly smooth and easy drinking with some refreshing sour cherry flavours.

 

RRP: $15 per bottle

Special price is $150 for 12 bottles.

Available for tasting at Cellar Door.

 

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