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Liebich Museum Red Wine Tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Vintage 1999

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.

Vintage 2001

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

Vintage 1998

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.

Vintage 2001

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.

 

 

 

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Barossa Heritage in a Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this chance to taste rare wines from our personal cellar!

We’re holding special tastings at cellar door during the Barossa Vintage Festival. This festival has been running for 70 years and in 2017 we are celebrating the 25th vintage for Liebichwein.

Select vintages from 1999 through to 2008 will be open every day for wine tasting flights.

Retrospective Reds include The Darkie Shiraz, The Lofty Cabernet Sauvignon and Potter’s Merlot.

Forgotten Fortifieds include single varietal blends, some over 20 years old.

Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd April 2017 between 11am-5pm.

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Barossa Gourmet Weekend 2016: Ageing Gracefully @ Liebichwein

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

LIMITED TICKETS
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

Buy Tickets Here

 

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

 

 

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The Darkie Shiraz 2008 – Museum Release

bottle_Darkie_2003The Darkie Old Vine Shiraz 2008

This single vineyard flagship wine is dedicated to Ron’s uncle Clarence Walter “Darkie” Liebich (1920-1988) who encouraged Ron’s winemaking abilities. Uncle ‘Darkie” planted the old 40 acre block on heavy biscay soil on the eastern foothills of the Barossa Ranges in 1969. The vines receive minimal attention and allow nature to do the work. 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.

Special museum stock 2008 vintage is currently available – a very good growing season resulting in an extremely low yield averaging 2 tonne per acre. Traditional techniques of hand plunging, basket-pressing with no fining or filtration were employed for fuller flavour.

A unique wine that has been maturing for over five years in various aged American and French hogsheads, producing a multi-layered wine showcasing an enticingly rich nose, balanced intense flavours and subtle oak characters.

Taste Notes: The nose exhibits black cherries, vanilla, chocolate with hints of sweet anise. Amazingly complex concentrated flavours fill the whole mouth lingering long after the first sip. All this is perfectly balanced with the subtle oak maturation and super silky tannins. Exceptional drinking now, but will reward patience with bottle maturation for another 10 years at least.

15.5 % Alc. Vol.

RRP: $70 per bottle

SOLD OUT

 

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Janet’s Trip To China

Bottle store 2Brochure_Chinese_Darkie Janet’s Tour Diary – November 2013

 

I am just back from China since we couldn’t refuse an invitation to meet our importer and share a cross-cultural experience. I travelled with a friend to Foshan in Guangdong province while Ron stayed home to manage cellar door.

Our tour diary was jam-packed from 10am-9pm visiting wine shops, meeting family members and being guest of honour at a few dinner parties. Alas, no time for shopping!

It was exciting to see The Darkie and Premium Fortifieds featured on shop shelves and to meet the buyers and sellers and even their families.

We were escorted to places of cultural interest, served tea and visited a famous house and garden of ancient times. As you can imagine, the food was amazing. In a village restaurant, we got to net the fish and shellfish we were going to eat, then we picked out the green vegetables, and then it was served at our table and continued to cook on a hot plate in the middle. The Chinese like their fish fresh! In terms of wine, they loved the off-dry Gewurztraminer Riesling.

At the dinner parties we played guessing games – like how old the old vines are, what animal we see in the vineyard etc.

It was a privilege to get this opportunity. Next time I hope to take someone else in the family.