We’re absolutely thrilled with results from the Barossa Wine Show 2018. Ron has outdone himself picking up a Trophy for Museum Fortified for the second year in a row. Rare Tawny was crowned Best Museum Red Fortified. Last year saw Rare Semillon get a similar honour in the Best Museum White Fortified Class.
All entries from around the Barossa region were such high calibre, we’re proud to be among the same company. Congratulations to all other medal and trophy winners.
Other Liebichwein medal winners:
Rare Frontignac = SILVER (yet to be released)
2018 Vintage Fortified Petit Verdot (baby VP – yet to be released) = BRONZE
Sweet tooths were satisfied at this special event as part of the Barossa Seasons Winter 2018 events held on July 7th-8th.
Fortified winemaking is considered one of our specialties. Liebich family members have been grape growers and winemakers in the Barossa Valley for almost 100 years. We are extremely proud to be keeping Barossa and family traditions alive.
Over 70 people were served a set of Janet’s homemade chocolate truffles matched with the range of premium aged fortified varieties in four tasting sessions in the cosy barrel shed. Ron welcomed everyone and talked about his passion for fortified wines and about how the different flavour profiles and winemaking characteristics make each grape variety so special.
Wine and Chocolate pairings were:
Classic Frontignac – White chocolate spiced fruit and orange
Classic Muscat – Milk chocolate roasted almond, apricot and honey
Classic Semillon – Dark chocolate salted caramel ganache
Grand Tawny – Dark chocolate glazed fig and Rare Tawny
Congratulations to our social media competition winner Louise who won a pair of tickets to the event, and also to Cassie who won the draw for a bottle of Rare Semillon for signing up to our mailing list over the weekend.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we appreciate people getting out on a winter’s afternoon to relax in the Barossa.
Be taken on a journey of flavour through four varieties of premium fortified wines matched to divine handmade chocolate truffles. Liebichwein’s luscious fortifieds are renowned for quality throughout the Barossa region.
Wines to enjoy are Fortified Classic Frontignac, Classic Muscat, Classic Semillon and Grenache-based Grand Tawny. These award winning dessert wines blended from a selection of barrels over a 25 year time span.
The finest chocolate coated truffles are sweet spiced berries, apricot & roasted almond, salted caramel ganache and a special glazed fig and Rare Tawny truffle.
Bookings essential as seats are limited. Please allow 30-40 minutes for the tasting experience.
Family friendly event with drinks and games suitable for children.
Vintage 2018 for Liebichwein has been another solid season for quality with yields slightly lower overall.
There was an even mild growing ripening season with some bursts of heat early in Summer that made us a little nervous about quality. Grapes started ripening almost two weeks earlier than usual and we commenced picking in the first week of March. Some of the varieties used for fortified like Frontignac and Semillon don’t hold up so well in the heat, so these got picked earlier than usual. A long extended dry period into April allowed Grenache to hang on until we could pick at full-flavour and colour, though the crop was down a little.
On the whole, fortified wine stocks are in good supply and now maturing slowly in barrels. A few reds are maturing in barrel and there were no white wines made this year. As an aside, the table grapes we grow for personal use were of excellent quality providing us with fruit from January to May.
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 crème brulee
Grand Tawny – Perfect with traditional Christmas pudding, chocolate truffles and desserts that feature any type of chocolate or roasted nuts