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Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernets

$32.00

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VINTAGE 2021 Co-fermentation is a winemaking practice in which varieties are harvested and fermented together to allow the characteristics of each variety to meld together rather than the more common practice of blending post fermentation.

Traditionally Merlot and Cabernet Franc ripen a week or so earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon in Coonawarra, so we allowed a few extra days for these varieties to stay on the vine waiting for an early patch of Cabernet Sauvignon to be ready. Fermented with a complexing strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the new wine was allowed to gain extra complexity and to allow tannins to round and soften through 30 days of skin contact before pressing in early May. Maturation was in French Oak. No fining has been used.

Alcohol by Vol.:
Alcohol: 13.5%
Vintage:
2021
Bottle size:
750mL
Bouquet:
The aroma shows hints of plum and all-spice with an element of earthy forest floor notes. Fine oak provides complexity through contributing an alluring influence of cedar.
Palate:
A beautifully elegant wine, the palate has generous flavour and persistence with round with silky tannins.
Cellaring:
Excellent on release and will age over the next decade or more. Expect cedar and cigar box characters to develop with time.
Winemaking:
Co-fermentation is a winemaking practice in which varieties are harvested and fermented together to allow the characteristics of each variety to meld together rather than the more common practice of blending post fermentation. Traditionally Merlot and Cabernet Franc ripen a week or so earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon in Coonawarra, so we allowed a few extra days for these varieties to stay on the vine waiting for an early patch of Cabernet Sauvignon to be ready. Fermented with a complexing strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the new wine was allowed to gain extra complexity and to allow tannins to round and soften through 30 days of skin contact before pressing in early May. Maturation was in French Oak, 18% new, for 19 months. No fining has been used.
Background:
Leconfield is situated in the heart of Australia’s famous Coonawarra with its rich Terra Rosa 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 ambition 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 remains a family wine business owned by Dr Richard and Jette Hamilton and is planted predominantly to Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller patches of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Petit Verdot and complemented with the white varieties of Riesling and Chardonnay. The Hamilton family have been growing grapes and wine in South Australia since 1837.
Vintage Conditions:
The 2021 Vintage in Coonawarra has the hallmarks of an incredible vintage, with superb conditions and fruit of outstanding quality and quantity being harvested. The season was mild with very stable weather conditions. The temperatures during the growing season were mild with only minor fluctuations and no major rainfall events. Dry conditions continued right through summer, and consequently, berries remained relatively small with thick skins. Coonawarra did receive several small rainfall events during the growing which was beneficial to the general vine health and soil moisture. These climatic conditions lead to long and steady increases in maturity levels, allowing winemakers to pick at optimum levels for ripeness and flavour.

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