GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
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: 2017 provided a season balancing patience and prudence to capture the best potential of the fruit. Patience allowed for fruit to achieve flavour ripeness, prudence not to lose all that hard work through being too greedy. Typically, the oldest, most trusted blocks ripened a little early and were directed to complete fermentation in new French Oak barrels after 6 days skin maceration. Other blocks were allowed more time to macerate before being placed into oak after malo-lactic fermentation. Several rackings of the wine occurred and some batches maturing in new oak were swapped in to older oak and vice versa. Coopers from both Bordeaux and Burgundy have lent their hand to mature this wine. The emphasis is to have long tannins yet sufficient opulent fruit to fill the palate. Minimal fining was required before bottling in December 2018.
COLOUR: Dense brooding red
BOUQUET: Fragrant, ripe cassis and blackberry nose enhance with cedar and cinnamon through French oak maturation. This is a wonderful example varietal Cabernet Sauvignon.
PALATE: Medium to full bodied with great persistence of flavour and retains the elegance expected of high quality Coonawarra reds. Tannins are textured, silky and long and the finish is clean and bright.
FOOD SUGGESTIONS: The style and elegance of this Cabernet will complement the finest beef and venison, through to rich vegetable ragout and pasta.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: The wine will have immediate appeal yet reward a decade or more of cellaring to achieve secondary complexity of cedar and black truffles.
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.