Bulk Fortified Wines for Barrel Ageing

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Liebich Wines
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Photo: John Krüger

It’s the depths of winter. This time of year is almost busier for us than vintage as the majority of wines sold at cellar door are winter warming fortifieds. We pride ourselves on our extensive range of bulk fortified wines suitable for drinking now or further ageing in your own barrel. There are six wine styles sold by the litre for people to perfect their home barrel blends. Many customers return with their own container and we sell reusable plastic containers (2, 5, 10, 20 Litre).

Ron Liebich continually makes large batches of bulk blends to keep up with demand by masterfully blending fresher vintage fortified wines with old museum stocks stored in the depths of the barrel shed. All fortifieds are produced from estate grown grapes left to fully ripen naturally in the vineyard.Fortified wines are made from four different grape varieties producing different flavour profiles ranging from aromatic, floral and sweet to spicy and nutty.

Liebichwein bulk fortifieds all suit barrel ageing. The wine you choose will depend on your taste preference and whether it is used to season a new keg, as a base wine or for topping up a barrel.

Ruby Grenache Unwooded Grenache, perfect rejuvenator for over-oaked and aged barrels

Ron’s Blend Traditional Tawny style aged 2 years, perfect for topping up most barrels

Ron’s / Keg Blend Rich semi-aged tawny, some woody notes (2/3 Ron?s + 1/3 Keg Blend). Only available at cellar door.

Keg Blend Rich tawny aged 5 years, developing woody notes, good for a starting barrel

Semillon Sweet Sherry (Apera) style aged 2 years with fresh toffee and nutty flavours

Muscat Youthful sweet style with floral, apricot and citrus flavours (Muscat Gordo grapes)

Frontignac Youthful sweet style with floral tropical and musk flavours (Red Frontignac grapes)

We invite you to visit cellar door to taste these wines in addition to a wide range of premium bottled fortified wines ranging in age from one to thirty years old. A sweet treat indeed!

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 1 cup dried figs

1/4 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

Method

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!

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.

Barossa Wine Show Trophy Win

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
  • Classic Muscat = BRONZE
  • Lovely Sparkling Pinot Noir NV = BRONZE

 

 

Matching Food and Fortified Wine

Fortified Wine and Dessert Pairings

Fortified Wine and Dessert Pairings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideas for serving Liebich fortified wines

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 cr?me brulee

Grand Tawny – Perfect with?traditional Christmas pudding, chocolate truffles and desserts that feature any type of chocolate or roasted nuts

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151 Steingarten Road,
Rowland Flat,
South Australia 5352

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Rowland Flat SA 5352

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