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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

Home-Barrel-Competition-Entry-Form 2019

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Liebich Leveret Shiraz 2015

What is a Leveret you may ask?

It is the French term for a baby hare, which narrowly escapes being run over by the tractor from row to row. Ron chose the name back in 1999 after seeing our Cairn Terrier chase many a hare amongst the vines.

We are proud to present the 2015 Leveret Shiraz. Lovers of rich and juicy Barossa Shiraz won?t be disappointed.

This single vineyard Barossa Shiraz was grown on 25 year old vines in the eastern foothills of Rowland Flat, where heavier red brown black soils predominate.?The 2015 vintage was excellent yielding perfectly ripened fruit which produced a full-flavour, well-balanced and elegant style red.

Traditional techniques of hand plunging, basket-pressing and bottling without fining or filtration, all help to preserve the essence of fruit. Maturation for 24 months in seasoned American and French oak has delivered a complex wine with fruit-forward flavours, subtle oak influence and well-integrated tannins.

Enjoy now and for at least 10 years, particularly with red meats and richly flavoured foods. This wine?was bottled in screw cap to immortalise the magnificent flavours beyond the life span of cork.

2012 Leveret Shz bottle

 

Taste Notes: Black inky colour. Bouquet of ripe dark berries, cherries, chocolate and vanilla spice. Medium-full bodied with good acid structure, fine tannins, excellent fruit length, and a smooth silky finish.

Alc. Vol. 15.5%

Vegan friendly

RRP: $28.00/bottle

Case: $303/12 bottles (save $33)

Previous Vintages:?1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014

 

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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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French Connections

Student Support from France

For the last 9 years we have been fortunate to host a posse of agricultural students from Universities in France.

Our latest intern, Augustin, worked with us for 3 months between July and September 2018. His family are rice growers in Carmague, Southern France, and he attends a University in Toulouse.

Augustin’s assistance in every aspect of our business was much appreciated from doing jobs in the vineyard, winemaking support, bottling, labelling and serving cellar door customers. Augustin was a real asset on our biannual trip to the Eyre Peninsula Field Day where he helped with filling a never-ending stream of bulk fortified containers.

We have been fortunate to visit previous interns in France a few years ago. Hopefully we can visit again soon to see Augustin, meet his family and sample more French wines and cheese.

 

 

 

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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.