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.
Eyre Peninsula Field Days?entice to head west every two years for a huge 3 day event in August. We make sure that we’re stocked with plenty of wine including a pallet tank of Ron’s Blend Tawny to sell by the litre.
The tasting bar serves a range of Liebichwein reds and fortifieds in the Food and Lifestyle area.
It?s fantastic to return each year and see our regular customers and meet new ones and to give them a taste of the Barossa Valley.
We hosted some very special tastings at cellar door during the 2017 Barossa Vintage Festival in April.
Over our 25 years of business, Ron has been carefully stashing away a few cases of each vintage ever produced of our premium red wine range. What a treat it was for us to taste our museum stocks to see how they were travelling. Overall, they are all aging well and the following vintages were selected based on their greater intensity and developed varietal characters.
Winemaker Ron Liebich’s Comments:
The Darkie Shiraz
A relatively cooler year produced a wine with everything you?d expect for Barossa Shiraz. This wine still show great depth of colour, fruit intensity and complexity. Developed fruitcake spice, smoky oak and lovely pepper hints carry through to smooth long palate.
A great quality season helped the wines ?make themselves? in the vineyard. A concentrated and full bodied Shiraz with magnificent mouth feel. Tight tannins still grip a little, but are nicely balanced with subtle woody notes and cherry jam sweetness. Beautiful development under cork. 2001 is holding up better than the 2000?s. Still has a few years to live.
The Lofty Cabernet Sauvignon
A superb quality season. This Cab still shows great depth of colour, fruit intensity and complexity. Palate is spot on with acidity and drying tannins contributing to a tightly structured, persistent palate. Drinking well now.
A concentrated Cabernet with super fine tannins and a lack of any aggressive oak characters. The trademark style of Liebichwein Cabernet still comes through with ripe blackberries and intense floral violet notes. Palate is still fresh and amazingly long. Still has a few years to live.
A wholly tempting blend of classic Bordeaux and Spanish varietals all grown on the Liebich property in the southern part of the Barossa Valley. The name “Tempt” derives from the letters of the three varietals.
The Petit Verdot and Tempranillo vines, planted in 2000, are some of the oldest growing in the Barossa Valley region. Our climate in South Australia is not dissimilar to the climate and terrain of several regions in Spain, so Tempranillo is well suited to our site.
Petit Verdot provides attractive berry fruits, Merlot rounds out the smooth body and a splash of Tempranillo adds depth and lengthens the palate. ?This unique blend was hand plunged and basket-pressed, then spent 18 months undisturbed in seasoned French oak, before being bottled without filtration to encapsulate the fruit flavours.
This wine can be enjoyed now and for at least 10 years. Perfect with tapas and paella.This wine?was bottled in screw cap to immortalise the magnificent flavours beyond the life span of cork.
Taste Notes: ?Deep burgundy colour. Intense bouquet of raspberries, mulberries, floral and sweet spice which follow through to the palate. Medium-full bodied with fine tannins, excellent fruit length, and a soft finish.
Blend: ?40% Petit Verdot ?40% Merlot ? 20% Tempranillo