Leconfield, Merlot, Coonawarra


Full red with youthful vibrancy.


Full, ripe with vibrant blood plum characters, this wine shows perfumed cinnamon and a touch of mint on the nose. It has a clean, elegant oak lift that will develop some rustic cedar box characters given a few years of age.


Full red with youthful vibrancy Round flavoursome palate with attractive fruit sweetness and persistent length. Tannins are round and silky.


This wine will best match full flavoured meals, such as tender beef or duck, or full flavoured vegetarian dishes.


Whilst being crafted to allow for sufficient elegance and softness to make it appeal in its youth, the structure to reward 6-8 years of cellaring.


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 and Chardonnay.


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.


27% New French, 73% 3-4 year old French and American Hogsheads.


Region: Coonawarra 100%

Variety: Merlot 100%

Alcohol: 14%