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Home Barrel Competition for Fortified Wine

Liebichwein Home Barrel Competition

Do you have your own home barrel?

Are you proud of how it is developing?

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.

Entry Details

  • 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

Key Dates

  • Entries close Friday 27th September 2019
  • Sample delivery due by Sunday 29th September 2019
  • Winners announced in early October 2019

For more information, please email info@liebichwein.com.au

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Recipe: Caramelised Onion, Fig, Rosemary and Wine Sauce

Caramelised Onion, Fig, Rosemary and Wine Sauce

This quick and versatile sauce is more like a savoury compote. Excellent condiment for using figs, especially when you have had enough of sweet fig-based desserts. Serve as a sauce with roast lamb, baked fish, on pizza bases or like a relish. It’s just as good made with a full bodied red wine or Port style wine.

Prep 10 mins ∙ Cook 25 mins 

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp olive oil

500g brown onions, sliced thinly

1 cup fresh figs or ½ cup dried figs

¼ cup wine (Liebichwein red wine or Tawny Port)

1 cup stock (chicken or vegetable)

1 tbsp Liebichwein Muscat Vinegar (balsamic vinegar can be substituted)

1 tbsp chopped rosemary or thyme (fresh or dried)

Salt & Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Prepare sliced onions and cut figs into quarters if using fresh figs.

Heat olive oil in large frying pan. Add onions and sprinkle some salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden, about 20 minutes.

Stir in figs, wine, stock, vinegar and herbs. Increase heat to high and simmer until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.

Add salt and pepper taste.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. Alternatively, freeze in small portions until ready to use.

Enjoy!

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Cellar Door Fest 2019

Cellar Door Fest is the event for all South Australian wine lovers. We’re excited to be back pouring Liebichwein wines at Cellar Door Fest 2019 – a popular favourite food, wine, beer and spirits festival held over three days – 15-17th March in the city centre.

Adelaide is a Great Wine Capital of the World with outstanding wines and this huge event is your chance to sample all your favourite styles from all over South Australia at the Adelaide Convention Centre with easy public transport options.

Liebichwein will have a range of wines, exclusive offers and daily prizes. Lovers of sweet wines will be attracted to luscious barrel-aged fortifieds. People who enjoy silky smooth cellared reds will be in for a treat as we are pouring some wines over 10 years old.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to be amongst fellow wine lovers all in one convenient location.

Come and see us in the Barossa Valley region!

15-17th March  2019

Adelaide Convention Centre

FRIDAY:  5.00PM – 9.00PM
SATURDAY:  11.00AM – 6.00PM
SUNDAY:  11.00AM – 6.00PM

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to WIN 2 x TICKETS to the SUNDAY SESSION
and see all the latest updates.

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Recipe: Chocolate Drunken Fruit Truffles

 

These quick and easy fruity truffles are delightful to share with loved ones over a cup of tea or coffee. Serve with aged Grand Tawny Port or Classic Muscat for the complete indulgent experience. Perfect to make as gifts for a special occasion.

We have a preference for dark chocolate, but feel free to substitute with milk chocolate or use dairy-free chocolate and cake to make them suitable for vegan diets.

 

 

Prep 20 mins ∙ Standing Time 1 hour ∙ Makes 24 ∙ Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried fruit, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. orange zest, finely grated
  • ¼ cup fortified wine
  • 125g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 250g (2½ cups) cake crumbs
  • ¼ cup desiccated coconut

Method

  • Put dried fruit in a bowl with some boiled water for 10-15 minutes then strain.
  • Mix fruit, orange zest and fortified wine of your choice.
  • Melt chocolate pieces using a double boiler or microwave in a glass bowl.
  • Add melted chocolate and cake crumbs to the fruit mixture and mix well.
  • Place coconut into a shallow bowl ready for coating truffles.
  • Roll mixture into small even balls with your hands, then roll each ball in coconut.
  • Keep in fridge or freezer until ready to use.
  • Devour!
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Best Home Barrel Fortified Winners

Announcing the winners of the prestigious “Best Home Barrel Blend” for the 2018 competition. Judging took place in September with three expert judges deliberating samples of Tawny and white fortified wines sent in from our customer base.

Wines were very high standard with very little to pick on in terms of faults. All entries were worthy of medals. The winning wines showed complex flavours, great depth and balance. Entrants gained Ron’s specialist advice on how to improve their blend, which we believe is the most important outcome of this event.

Thanks to everyone who entered and helps support our business. We are only too happy to help you with our complete range of fortifieds to achieve the best results for your barrels.

Congratulations to all winners!

First Place: John Ridenour
Second Place: Martin Kennedy
Third Place: Filippo Pizzino

Ron Liebich’s winemaking comments:

Smaller barrels need to be “worked” to achieve best results. It is ok to have great rancio characters, the high ratio of wood in small barrels to wine means adding younger wine at times, preferably with minimum wood age (such as Ruby Fortified) as a portion of the addition. Youthful fortifieds are perfect for blending out excess wood tannin and maintaining fruit wood balance. The gold winners had the best balance of fruit and oak integration, indicating good management and  patience.