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Leconfield Coonawarra ‘The Sydney’ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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VINTAGE 2017

Leconfield Sydney showcases all that heralds Cabernet Sauvignon as the world’s most famous red wine grape varietal.
A legendary wine honouring wine industry legend and Leconfield founder, Sydney Hamilton.

This wine pays homage to Sydney’s dream… in 1974, at the age of 76 and a winemaking career spanning nearly 60 years, Sydney still yearned to make a classic Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. Selecting Coonawarra as the region to fulfil his ambitious dream, Sydney began to plant vines in the now famed Coonawarra terra-rossa over limestone soils.

A true Reserve Wine with the premium grapes selected from the vineyard at harvest. Fine medium to full bodied palate with silky tannins and great persistence of flavour, this wine has the elegance and structure expected of fine Cabernet Sauvignon. We think that with every release of Leconfield Sydney we realise Sydney’s dream.
Hand pruning, crop thinning and shoot positioning of vines achieve ideal sunlight and ventilation, to ensure optimal fruit ripening. Individual bunch selection of only the most consistently ripe grapes from the most outstanding vines, delivers an exceptional final parcel.

Fruit is pressed to open top Taransaud French oak vats where the ferment is pumped over daily to achieve optimal colour and flavour extraction. Primary fermentation is completed in new French oak, before the undertaking of several rackings and the transfer to three-year-old French oak hogsheads to complete seven months of maturation.

Post bottling the wine receives a further two years bottle maturation before release – reserve wine in its truest form.
Exhibiting a rich and luscious, full-bodied concentration of red berries, cassis and mint, this smooth, elegant and structured wine is framed by silky tannins and great persistence of flavour – all the hallmarks that position Cabernet Sauvignon as the world’s most famous red wine grape varietal.

Alcohol by Vol.:
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage:
2017
Bottle size:
749mL
Bouquet:
Beautifully complexed ripe cassis nose augmented with integrated French oak to give fine a fine cedar nuance.
Palate:
Fine medium to full bodied palate with silky tannins and great persistence of flavour, this wine has the elegance and structure expected of fine Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cellaring:
We mature this wine for 2-3 years after bottling to provide a wine which is ready to be enjoyed now and for the next decade.
Winemaking:
We mature this wine for 2-3 years after bottling to provide a wine which is ready to be enjoyed now and for the next decade. The vineyard chosen was thinned to position fruit along the trellis to avoid both excessive shading and over exposure to the sun. Following harvest on 4th March 2016, the fruit was fermented in an oak vat will regular manual pump overs. Pressed with some residual sugar, the wine was run into new French oak to complete primary fermentation. The wine received several rackings then completed maturation in three year old French oak hogsheads for seven months. Following bottling the wine received a further two years bottle aging before being released in September 2021. Single Batch. Hand pruned. Hand crop thinned and shoot positioned.
Background:
The Leconfield Coonawarra estate was established in 1974 by noted oenologist, Sydney Hamilton who at the age of 76 and a winemaking career spanning nearly 60 years, still yearned to make a classic Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. Selecting Coonawarra as the region to fulfil his ambitious dream, Sydney began to plant his vineyard and built his winery naming it Leconfield, after an English ancestor, Lord Leconfield. This wine pays homage to Sydney’s dream.
Vintage Conditions:
2017 was a cooler season, reversing a trend in recent years for earlier harvests. Good winter rains and a cooler spring saw a delayed budburst and flowering. Despite a few hot days in January, summer was mild and flavour ripening took time and patience. Whites were harvested in mid to late March with excellent quality of fruit definition. With rain clouds on the horizon in late April and Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc already picked, Leconfield waited until just after Easter to harvest the majority of Cabernet Sauvignon. We are very happy with the quality of our wines this year, with our reds showing the finesse and style similar to the wonderful 2004 vintage.

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