Would you like feedback from an experienced winemaker?
Liebichwein run this unique wine judging competition for home barrel owners to compete for the honorary title of BEST HOME BARREL BLEND in Australia.
This is your chance to win bragging rights and a swag of rare fortified wines that can be used as blending material. Gain recognition for your wine blending skills and receive valuable feedback from a winemaker with over 50 years experience producing fortified wine styles.
Liebichwein take great pride in offering fortified wines for home barrel owners and aim to reward the patience and skill in taking on this challenge. Budding winemakers are encouraged to enter one or more samples of their own home barrel fortified for professional evaluation by Ron Liebich and an experienced wine judging panel.
Liebichwein Home Barrel Competition is open to all home barrel owners Australia-wide
Entry forms, fees and samples are to be received by the due date to be eligible.
Sample size required is minimum 200mL in a well-sealed glass bottle/jar with secure packaging
Entry fee is $10 per sample
Each entry must have a separate entry form
All entries must be labelled with entrant’s name, phone number and email
All entries can be delivered to Liebichwein during cellar door hours or posted to the winery
All wines will be judged in a blind tasting by an experienced panel
Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 wines
Tasting notes and feedback will be provided to each entrant
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.
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.
It’s incredible to see the Barossa Vintage Festival being so successful over the last 70 years – the longest running wine festival in Australia!
We were thrilled to meet so many new faces during festival events and at Liebichwein cellar door. Our scarecrow Benno (Ron’s grandfather’s name) was there to wave his glass of plonk to all who passed by in Rowland Flat.
The weather was kind and crowds flocked to popular events like the Vintage Festival Parade which we watched in full for the first time ever! Following the parade, Ron was kept busy organising the Grape Treading Competition. A large audience gathered at Nuriootpa Oval to watch 12 teams of children and adults stomp over 20 buckets of Grenache grapes. Ron has since turned this juice into a batch of port.
Congratulations to locals Steve Schiller and Paul Noack of “The Harvesters” for backing up their Grape Treading Champion title from the 2015 festival. They stomped a whopping 1590mL in 2 minutes pipping the Penfolds team by just 20mL.
Another fun event was Feast, Folk and Fossick at Lyndoch where a huge BBQ was built and fired up from 2am on feasting day. Look out for a repeat of this popular event.
A very old and very special fortified wine to uphold our family Barossa traditions!
This extra rare Tawny was sourced from 30 year old barrels started with a small amount of wine from Ron’s Grandfather Benno Liebich’s 80 year old barrel. All Liebichwein Tawny styles are made up of predominantly fortified Grenache grapes. Liebich Very Old Rare Tawny is an exquisite aged fortified in extremely limited quantity of 200 bottles that are specially printed with gold ink.
The nose is extremely rich and complex capturing the essence of raisins and sweet spices of cinnamon. The palate clearly shows wonderfully developed aged flavours and great intensity. It all ends with a lingering sweetness and luscious syrupy mouthful.