Home Barrel Competition – Fortified Wine Judging

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Home Barrel Competition 2023
The Liebichwein barrel shed has collected many oak casks of various sizes that house liquid gold. Ron and Janet Liebich are proud to continue the great tradition of ageing and blending fortified wines. Only a few decades ago, Muscat and Tawny used to dominate the Barossa wine scene.

Liebichwein host an annual consumer fortified wine judging competition to celebrate these classic styles and engage with our passionate customer base who manage their own barrels. Previous competition entries have included super-syrupy rare tawny, rare sweet Tokay-like flavours and quite young Tawny blends. All wines entered will get a professional evaluation by Ron and an experienced judging panel including his daughter Briony, an experienced sensory analyst and qualified wine educator. Entrants will receive tasting notes and feedback for each wine entered.

Wine Entry Information

Entries are open Australia-wide as long as a 200mL wine sample can be sent without spilling a precious drop. All entries must be received by 4th September 2023 for judging (entry fee $10 per wine). Entries can be dropped off at Liebichwein during cellar door hours or posted to the winery in a well-sealed clean glass bottle/jar with secure packaging.

Competition Results 2023

Thanks to all entrants from across Australia, some so keen they sent us multiple samples. All wines were of consistent quality with a few jumping out to claim top Gold medals. The top prize winner took home a dipstick trophy with personalised engraving. Congratulations to Allan Gadd!
 
It’s wonderful to see such passion for maturing fortifieds in our wine loving community.

Recipe Ideas with Muscat Barrel-Aged Wine Vinegar

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Liebich Barrel-Aged Muscat Vinegar

Delicious sweet and sour Muscat vinegar made from Barossa Muscat fortified wine aged in oak barrels. This vinegar is obtained naturally as wine ages in barrels by “acetobacter”, which transforms the wine alcohol into acetic acid.

Use this vinegar to enhance food flavours. Use in place of red wine and balsamic vinegar to add lovely fruit flavours without adding darker colour to food and dressings. Perfect for a salad, glaze or drizzle over fruit.

Vinegar bottles are in limited stock, and only available at Liebichwein Cellar Door.

Make a Glaze

A sweet sherry style glaze is perfect to accentuate chicken or salmon flavours or use as a sweet dessert glaze on berries or ice cream.

  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup Muscat wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp water

Mix sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan. Simmer to form a thick syrup and remove from heat. Add one teaspoon of water to thin the syrup slightly.

Rosemary Marinade for Meat

  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp good quality mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tangy Fruit Salsa

Finely chop:

  • ½ cup fruit (mango, peach, pineapple)
  • 1 spring onion or ½ red onion
  • 3 tbsp fresh herbs (parsley, coriander, chives)
  • 1 tsp Muscat wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Fresh chiles to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all together and serve with wraps and tacos.

Best Fortified Wine in Barossa Valley

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Extremely proud to win Best Fortified in Show at the Barossa Wine Show 2022! Ron has outdone himself picking up a Trophy for Museum Fortified for the third time. Rare Muscat was crowned Best Fortified in Show after patiently sitting for 25 years developing richness and depth of flavour. The ultra-ripe grapes hang on until late in vintage when the berries shrivel and we get the best flavours and natural sweetness.​​​​​​​​

We really appreciate this win and thank the whole show team, Barossa Wine and trophy sponsor Tarac Technologies. We love the feedback from the judging panel ‘Integrated sweetness, lovely luscious flow set the gold apart’.

Previous years have seen Rare Semillon and Rare Tawny get similar honours in the Best Museum Fortified Classes. These are special limited releases that have taken decades to develop richness, complexity and depth of flavour. We think of them as “liquid gold”. Every time we take a sip, we think of the “angels share”, the wine that evaporates to the heavens during the ageing process.​​​​​​​​

All entries from around the Barossa region were of such high calibre, we’re proud to be among the same company. Congratulations to all other medal and trophy winners.

Liebichwein results:

Rare 25 Year Old Muscat won Best Fortified in Show 🏆🥇
Rare 25 Year Old Fronti won SILVER 🥈
Rare 30 Year Old Tawny Grenache won SILVER 🥈
To see all other 2022 Barossa Wine Show results click here.

Fortified Wine – Rare Releases

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Fortified wines have a long history in the Liebich family. We are proud to continue the tradition of carefully ageing different varieties grown on our property. We grow Grenache, Semillon, Muscat, and Red Frontignac grapes especially to produce these styles.

Ron has been patiently curating family museum stocks, which have been maturing in barrel over many decades. There are barrels of all shapes and sizes that evolve and develop over time to reflect the glories of yesteryear. Ron was fortunate to have enough wine from three different varieties to qualify for being called “Rare” meaning an average blend age of 20 years or more. We are aligning our wine names with the fortified classification system as developed by Winemakers of Rutherglen. Australia has a long history of fortified winemaking. Learn more about it in this Wine Australia Fortified Wines

We’re thrilled to share these rare wines with you that have sat patiently for over 25 years. Every time you take a sip, think of the “angels share”, the wine that evaporates to the heavens during the ageing process⁠. These are sensational sipping for a special occasion.

They are available from Liebichwein cellar door and online. All bottles are filled into 200ml bottles that are specially printed with gold ink. They are labelled and sealed with a wax stamp by hand at the winery.  These rare indulgent wines are highly limited stocks.

Rare Muscat aged 25 years

Burnt toffee explodes on the syrupy palate and lingers long.

Rare Frontignac aged 25 years – Gold at Barossa Wine Show 2021

Honey and raisins explode on the syrupy palate and lingers long.

Rare Tawny aged 30 years

An exquisite aged Tawny style port capturing the essence of raisins and spices in a syrupy mouthful.

Purchase wines from the Liebich Wine Shop.

 

Recipe: Walnut, Mushroom & Tawny Port Pate

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Walnut, mushroom & Tawny Port Pate

 

In need of recipe ideas for a platter? Here is a delicious addition to a nibbles platter or cheeseboard for the start or end of a meal. Simply serve this pate with crackers or fresh crusty bread. It will go down a treat with your guests, especially with a glass of wine.

We used our homemade barrel-aged Muscat vinegar and Ben’s Blend bulk fortified wine. You may substitute these for any wine vinegar or Tawny style wine you have at hand. This dish can even be prepared in advance and frozen in small amounts to pull out for last minute entertaining. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

There are many helpful articles and creating the perfect party platter, like this one using locally made Wine Stains cheese boards made from recycled wine barrels.

 

Walnut, Mushroom & Port Pate

Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cup parsely
  • 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tawny style port
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Toast walnuts in oven or dry frypan over medium heat. Put nuts aside to cool.
  2. Heat olive oil in a frypan. Add onions and garlic and saute until translucent. Add mushrooms and herbs until the mushrooms are cooked.
  3. Add a splash of vinegar and fortified wine (optional).
  4. Let mushroom mixture cool before putting in food processor or blender. Add salt and pepper and pulse mixture.
  5. Press into small containers and chill for a few hours before serving.