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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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Vintage 2017 Has Kicked Off

It’s the most exciting time of the year for our winemaker Ron.

Vintage finally arrived after a longer wait than usual in the Barossa Valley. The growing conditions in 2017 are shaping up to be perfect for  even grape ripeness and maximising natural flavours.

In Liebichwein vineyards, the crops are average to just about average for all grape varieties. Overall fruit quality is above average for Vintage 2017 due to the milder summer and good rainfall before Christmas. Ron Liebich is pleased to report that it’s looking to be a fantastic year for fortified winemaking!

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Barossa Gourmet Weekend: Fortified & Dessert Matching

Sunday 18th August 2013

As part of Barossa Gourmet Weekend, a sell-out crowd enjoyed an afternoon Masterclass of dessert wines and scrumptious desserts hosted by Liebichwein.

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Fortified History & Winemaking

Fortified wines are steeped in the history of the Barossa and the Liebich family. Ron talked about his early winemaking days at Rovalley Wines and how fortifieds were more popular than table wines until the late 1970’s. Today, the Liebich family are proud custodians of a collection of barrels spanning over 80 years.

Ron then gave an overview of his vineyard, varieties and how naturally ripened fruit is best used in conjunction with clean spirit in the fortifying process.

The Tasting

A series of Frontignac and Grenache of different wine ages (less than 1 year, 5 years, over 20 years old) were compared to show how varietal flavours and woody flavours integrate and develop into complex liqueur wines.

Matching Fortified with Desserts

Ron’s daughter Briony introduced the food pairings and a bit of sensory science. Her work as a Sensory Analyst provided insights into basic taste interactions and why we love sweet flavours. The desserts were selected based on their seasonality and availability of ingredients in the local area. A few key flavours of the wine and dessert were matched to either complement or contrast palate perceptions.

Pairing #1

Brown Sugar Meringue with Mulberry Sauce matched with the bright red berry flavours of Ruby Grenache. Thanks to a fabulous freezer find!

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Tangy Apricot and Ginger Steamed Pudding served with Classic Muscat highlighted the rich dried apricot flavours of the wine. The delicately spiced ginger custard rounded everything off.

Pairing #3

Wine-poached Pear stuffed with Fig & Honey Ricotta served with Classic Semillon to bring out the nutty, honeycomb wine flavours. Roasted walnuts topped it all off beautifully.

Pairing #4

Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart with Grand Tawny. Need I say more!

 

As this event was so successful we are happy to accept group booking enquiries for similar tasting workshops.