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The Darkie Shiraz 2009 – Museum Release

Special museum release of a classic full-bodied 100% Barossa Shiraz from low yielding old vines.

Liebichwein’s flagship red wine dedicated to Ron’s uncle Clarence Walter “Darkie” Liebich (1920-1988) who encouraged Ron’s winemaking abilities. Uncle “Darkie” planted the 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.

Vintage 2009 was a very good season with low yield of 1.5 tonne/acre. Traditional techniques of hand plunging and basket-pressing with no fining or filtration all enhance flavour and regional fruit characteristics. A unique wine having ages at least five years in various aged American and French hogsheads, producing a multi-layered wine.

Taste Notes: A rich aroma of black cherries and chocolate mingled with sweet spiced vanilla. Amazingly complex concentrated flavours linger long after the first sip. All this is perfectly balanced with the subtle oak maturation and super silky tannins. Exceptional drinking now, but even better with bottle maturation 10 years and beyond.

15.5 % Alc. Vol.

Vegan Friendly

RRP: $70 per bottle

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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

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Pop Up Wine Bar in Melbourne

We want to thank those who came out to dine with us at Bramble & Vine in North Carlton. It was a relaxed evening with 30 guests enjoying sophisticated food and a diverse range of wines. Our hostess Leila was a genuine professional who made sure everyone felt welcome and their glass was always full. The evening kicked off with a tasting of all our current wines and the launch of The Darkie Shiraz 2006 (vintage number 12 of this flagship wine!). During dinner we surprised guests by serving the 2002 Lofty and Darkie which are holding up extremely well, especially under screw cap. Everyone had a great night!

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New Release Wine Creates a Shiraz Vertical Dozen

Exciting news for Barossa Shiraz lovers!

Over the Easter weekend we were proud to release the latest vintage in our flagship range made from premium old vines. This Barossa blockbuster is a dark beast that never fails to impress.

The Darkie Shiraz 2006

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This vintage is unique in the vertical line up being specially released as an older red after extended maturation in older oak barrels.

Tasting Notes:

“The Darkie” seduces all who taste its concentrated flavours that linger long after the first sip. An intense nose of rich ripe berries with pronounced chocolate and hints of caramel. The oak tannins are well softened and balanced with the ripe fruit flavours. Ready to enjoy now or cellar for 15 years plus.

Grapes & Winemaking:

Single vineyard wine sourced from our 40 acre block, planted by Clarence Walter “Darkie” Liebich in 1969. The vines grow on heavy black biscay soil at Rowland Flat on the eastern foothills of the Barossa. Dead arm affliction reduces yield but enhances flavour as does the use of hand-pruning and minimal irrigation. 2006 was a warm, dry season producing concentrated flavours from low yields, only 1.6 tonne per acre yield.

Traditional techniques of hand plunging, basket-pressing with no fining or filtration were employed for optimum flavour retention.

Alc. Vol. 16.0%

Available to taste now at Cellar Door.