Leconfield, Old Vines Riesling, CoonawarraLeconfield
Light straw with attractive green tints.
Very attractive fragrant, floral fruit nose with hints of lemon and lime.
This wine is made in a dry style with clean zesty acidity to balance the excellent length. Flavours are long and intense in a citrus spectrum and finish clean, crisp and refreshing.
This wine makes a wonderful aperitif on its own, and will enhance pasta and seafood. A local favourite is char-grilled octopus or a more delicate sashimi.
The finesse and elegance of this wine makes it ideal for immediate appeal. Aging over 8-10 years will see the added dimensions of toastiness and mouth feel.
Sydney Hamilton planted the 6 acre (2.6 ha) Riesling vineyard in 1974. Today, it remains dry-grown and produces excellent fruit every year. Our philosophy with this wine is to have minimal handling. The nature of the season meant that the grapes had some botrytis at harvest which has added an extra dimension to the wine. Harvesting took place in the early morning to take advantage of cold temperatures and grapes were placed in the air-bag press within minutes of picking. The juice was cold settled then racked with some solids to ferment with an aromatic yeast strain. Following fermentation, the wine was allowed to settle on its yeast lees then ultimately received a light fining to aid clarification before filtering and bottling. This is wine in its purest form – elegant and stylish – from the vine to the glass.
The Leconfield Coonawarra estate was established in 1974 by one of Australia’s most talented winemakers, Sydney Hamilton. In the subsequent four decades, the vineyard has become famous for the distinctive wines it produces. Over the years the Leconfield Riesling has taken its place amongst the best examples in Australia. Our 39-year-old Riesling vines comprise some of the original plantings on the estate; mature vines which produce a crop of intensely flavoured fruit with wonderful varietal character every year.