GRAPES: 100% Merlot.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Leconfield is situated in the heart of Australia’s famous Coonawarra with its rich Terra Rossa soil over limestone providing the ideal environment for growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard was founded in 1974 by pioneering oenologist Sydney Hamilton who at 76 years of age had the dream to produce the classic Australian red wine. Time has validated his choice of Coonawarra as a fantastic place to do just that. Today the estate is planted predominantly to Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller patches of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Shiraz and complemented with the white varieties of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Fruit for this wine was sourced from our mature Merlot vines on our Leconfield blocks, planted in 1974, 1982, 1990, 1994 and 1999. 2012 blessed us with small berry size in Merlot and an early, dry harvest. Part of the wine was allowed some barrel ferment in new French oak while maintaining our aim of making a rich Merlot with great depth of flavour and structure, in which oak plays an important, but not prominent role in the structure of the wine. No finings have been used. The wine received a racking during its maturation, then ultimately blended in February 2012 for bottling in March.
COLOUR: Medium to full red with youthful vibrancy.
BOUQUET: The nose of this wine shows balanced oak contributing cinnamon and nutmeg, overlaying the ripe blood-plum fruit of Merlot.
PALATE: Medium bodied with silky smooth texture and long tannins. The excellent persistence and soft acidity make it a wonderful food wine.
FOOD SUGGESTIONS: Full flavoured poultry, such as twice-cooked duckling and modern Asian style cuisine.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: This wine is very approachable on release and will reward medium term cellaring.
DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.
As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.