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RnB VIne Days

BoysIIMen, TLC, Shaggy with DJ Horizon and Yo! Mafia

Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale – Sunday February 11

Following the announce of the first ever series of RNB Vine Days winery shows - Illusive Presents, Frontier Touring, a day on the green and the Hit Network are thrilled to reveal a fourth destination for the event of the Summer - Leconfield Wines at McLaren Vale will be treated to R&B royalty on Sunday 11 February.

In true RNB style, tickets to the first announced shows have flown out the door with Yarra Valley officially sold out and final tickets remaining for Hunter Valley and Mt Cotton. Fans are encouraged not to delay in securing their tickets for the freshly announced RNB Vine Days show as this will be their only chance to spend an evening with some of the hottest names of R&B.

The concert series will showcase Australia’s stunning wine regions at a day on the green venues and host some of the biggest names in contemporary R&B – Boyz II Men and TLC will lead the charge for the summer shows alongside Jamaican-American dancehall maestro Shaggy, DJ Horizon and YO! MAFIA.

With one show already sold out and very limited tickets remaining in the Hunter Valley and Mt Cotton, fans are urged to act quickly to snap up their tickets to RNB Vine Days at Leconfield Wines. Tickets for the brand new show are on sale Thursday 14 December, don’t miss out!

Leading the charge for RNB Vine Days is one of the music industry’s most elite and truly iconic R&B groups Boyz II Men. Over a 25 year career Boyz II Men have given fans a rich catalogue of hits filled with smooth harmonies and enduring themes winning them numerous prestigious accolades to their name including four Grammy Awards.

Boyz II Men have won fans the world over with their soulful multi-octave sound and incredible vocals from mega hits like End Of The Road, I’ll Make Love To You and One Sweet Day (feat. Mariah Carey) plus smooth tunes from recent release Under The Streetlight (out now through Universal Music) like Ladies Man and Stay.

One of history’s most influential female hip hop and R&B acts TLC will be returning Down Under next February. These three empowered women, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, captured the world’s attention with their sassy and sophisticated R&B set against a socially conscious lyrical style. Tragically in 2002, Lopes was killed in a car accident. Refusing to call it quits in honour of their fallen sister T-Boz and Chilli have since continued to tour worldwide. 

Selling 65 million records worldwide with five Grammy Awards under their belt, TLC remain a force to be reckoned with. Releasing their first album in 15 years in June (through Liberator Music) they produced hits Haters and Way Back (feat. Snoop Dogg) follow the same CrazySexyCool style of anthems No Scrubs, Waterfalls and Unpretty.

Dancehall reggae’s biggest hit-maker Shaggy will be keeping fans groovin’ this summer at RNB Vine Days. Capturing attention with his remake of ‘Oh Carolina’, Shaggy’s trademark baritone elevated the reggae revival through strong storytelling in songwriting. Don’t miss Shaggy performing his inescapable dance floor jams like Mr Boombastic, It Wasn’t Me (feat. Rikork), Angel (feat. Rayvon) and Hey Sexy Lady (feat. Brian & Tony Gold) this February. 

No R&B event would be complete without Australia’s #1 R&B DJ, DJ Horizon. Spinning all the biggest hip hop and RNB jams, DJ Horizon will keep the party pumping between performances before taking over the stage for an entire hour of party anthems.

YO! MAFIA aka ‘The International Party DJ’ will also be hitting the decks next February for RNB Vine Days. Solidified as one of Australia’s premier party DJs, YO! MAFIA’s signature genre-smashing shows have seen her tour and support A-List artists such as Missy Elliot, Salt ’n’ Pepa, Pharrell Williams and next year she will add TLC to her resume.

No outdoor show is complete without a drop of wine and delicious food! On top of all the delectable food on offer, RNB Vine Days is thrilled to reveal Schnitz as an official sponsor for all winery shows.

For more information on bus transfers and accommodation for RNB Vine Days please visit www.vinedays.com.au

RNB VINE DAYS

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11 – LECONFIELD WINES, McLAREN VALE (All Ages)

TICKET PRICES:
General Admission - Front  $159.90 incl GST and booking fee
General Admission   $119.90 incl GST and booking fee

TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATION: 
PARKING: Follow the signs from Main South Road for details. The venue car park opens two hours prior to the gates opening.
 
COACH TRANSPORT: Leave the car at home and travel by coach! Ticket & Transport packages are available from LinkSA on (08) 8532 2633 or http://www.linksa.com.au/
 
ACCOMMODATION:  Contact the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre on (08) 8323 9944 and https://mclarenvale.info/

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY DECEMBER 14 AT 10.00AM (LOCAL TIME)
From www.ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Syn @ Sunset - The Satellites

December 27, McLaren Vale Cellar Door lawns

Put on your dancing shoes, grab the whole family and a picnic and head down to Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines for our annual "Syn @ Sunset' post-Christmas wind-down. The Satellites will be entertaining us with their high energy music. See swing dancers and vintage cars or just kick back, relax and soak up the great atmosphere.

McLaren Vale Primary School will be helping out this year with a charity BBQ and a gold coin donation for parking would be much appreciated.  Also on offer is Little Miss Daisy coffee cart and our Picnic Boxes which can be pre-ordered from Cellar Door on (08) 8323 8830. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic hampers (no BYO alcohol). We have Richard Hamilton and Syn wines for sale as well as Vale Ale Beers and soft drinks.
Dress the part and embrace the 60s Retro theme or come as you are. You can also bring along your vintage cars to show them off on the night.

This year we will be introducing a market stall area - all with rock’n roll themed stalls selling a huge selection clothing including scarves, petticoats, bowling shirts, bobby socks, retro handbags from Rock n Roll Dress, long-lasting makeup from Jess Bolton and collectables from Retro Vintage Review and Dave Gartland.

For the first time this year we will have large format outdoor games to keep the kids happy from 4pm. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

THE LIVING END, SPIDERBAIT, VERUCA SALT, TUMBLEWEED and THE FAUVES

Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale Saturday March 17

ALMIGHTY MONSTER ROCK LINE-UP COMES TO A DAY ON THE GREEN

Prepare for iconic indie rock anthems in the great outdoors when THE LIVING END, SPIDERBAIT, VERUCA SALT, TUMBLEWEED and THE FAUVES combine for an almighty a day on the green national tour next February/March including Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale on Saturday March 17. 

It’s a bill bursting with bands who were part of the alternative heyday of the 1990s, a period that has left a remarkable legacy on Australian music fans and continues to be held with muchos affection.
Between them, these five bands have notched up eight ARIA Awards, received more than 30 ARIA Award nominations, had 12 Top 10 albums and 18 Top 40 hit singles. They’ve played just about every major music festival in the world and worked with a wide range of collaborators. 

THE LIVING END have earnt their enviable standing as one of the most compelling and captivating bands in Australian rock history. Their 1998 self-titled debut album hit number one on the ARIA chart, spawning singalong anthems Prisoner Of Society, All Torn Down, Second Solution, West End Riot and Save The Day, beginning a chart domination that continued with Roll On, Pictures In The Mirror, What’s On Your Radio, Wake Up and White Noise to name but a few. Twenty years on they continue to be a force to be reckoned with, with last year's Shift becoming their seventh ARIA Top 10 album. Having just completed a huge US tour, their live shows continue to excite fans worldwide.  

SPIDERBAIT thrilled audiences when they saddled up for their first a day on the green tour in 2016, so are very happy to being doing another lap of the winery map.  With five Top 20 albums, two ARIA Awards, a massive number one anthem with the irrepressible Black Betty and a huge and loyal following, it’s true to say Kram, Janet and Whitt’s special musical alchemy is a wondrous thing! Earlier this year they embraced their past by playing in full their most popular album, Ivy And The Big Apples, – home to the triple j Hottest 100 number one Buy Me A Pony. We can’t wait to welcome them back!

VERUCA SALT’s signature hit Seether remains one of the most-loved rock tunes of the ’90s. Not surprisingly, the band experienced a meteoric rise, doing everything a young band coming of age in the grunge era could hope for – selling more than a million records, touring with alt-rock royalty Hole and PJ Harvey, and winning critical acclaim for albums like American Thighs (named after an AC/DC lyric). After breaking up in 1998, the original line-up – Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Jim Shapiro and Steve Lack – re-formed in 2013 and were warmly welcomed back on stage. In 2015 they released their fifth studio album, Ghost Notes, the first to feature the band’s original line-up since 1997’s Eight Arms To Hold You. This will be their first a day on the green tour.  

Straight outta Tarrawanna, TUMBLEWEED personified stoner rock in the ’90s with signature thundering riffs through tracks like Sundial, Hang Around and Gyroscope. They won the prestigious support slot on Nirvana’s only Australian tour and cemented themselves as one of the most-loved bands of the era with the 1995 release of their ARIA Top 10 album, Galactaphonic. Reactivated nearly 10 years ago, they've effortlessly picked up where they left off.

Known for their witty lyrics, melodic pop-rock and often satirical explorations of Australian themes, THE FAUVES fast became the best band to come out of the Mornington Peninsula since Australian Crawl. Releasing 11 studio albums with radio hits like Everybody’s Getting A 3 Piece Together and Dogs Are The Best People, scoring an ARIA nomination for Future Spa, as well as being the subject of the acclaimed documentary 15 Minutes To Rock, nearly 30 years later The Fauves continue to do what they do best. 

There you have it … The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, Tumbleweed and the Fauves. Five rocking bands coming to rock Leconfield Wines in March. 

SATURDAY MARCH 17 – LECONFIELD WINES, MCLAREN VALE

EVENT INFORMATION:
a day on the green is a fully licensed event.  Strictly no BYO alcohol.  Food will be available on site or BYO picnic.  Camping chairs and picnic rugs are recommended. For all transport, accommodation and event information, go to www.adayonthegreen.com.au

TICKET PRICES:
General Admission - Front  $149.90 plus booking fees
General Admission   $109.90 plus booking fees

TRANSPORT and ACCOMMODATION:
PARKING: Follow the signs from Main South Road for details. The venue car park opens two hours prior to the gates opening.

COACH TRANSPORT: Leave the car at home and travel by coach! Ticket & Transport packages are available from LinkSA on (08) 8532 2633 or www.linksa.com.au
 
ACCOMMODATION: Contact the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre on (08) 8323 9944 and www.mclarenvale.info


TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25 AT 10.00AM
From www.ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Two Trophies and Four Gold Medals

2017 Limestone Coast Awards

The 2017 Limestone Coast awards were announced on October 27 and Leconfield Wines were awarded two trophies and four gold medals.  The 2016 Leconfield Coonawarra Petit Verdot received 96 Points and the Trophy for Best Small Batch and Experimental wine and the 2016 Leconfield Cabernet Franc  also received 96 Points and the Trophy for Best Alternative Red Variety. “This wine is a knockout – it’s delicious – and it’s a really lovely modern example of a variety that has been around for a while,” said the competition's Chief of Judges, Jane Faulkner. The 2015 Leconfield Cabernet Merlot and the 2016 Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon both received 96 Points and Gold Medals.

'WineLine 2 - Odyssey' The Burton Hamilton Story

180 years of grapegrowing and winemaking interview with Matthew Tukaki

180 years ago a family put down roots in South Australia and began a family business that still stands today - before power and electricity, cars and planes, inland rail and more there was Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines - Matthew Tukaki sat down with fifth generation winemaker Richard Hamilton to talk about the history of the business, where things are currently and what the future might hold - it was all on Talking Lifestyle across Australia and if you missed it you can still tune into the podcast @

https://omny.fm/shows/employment/dr-richard-hamilton-from-leconfield-wines

95 points James Halliday - 2015 Leconfield Cabernet Merlot

In the August/September edition of the Halliday magazine, James has awarded our new release 2015 Leconfield Cabernet Merlot 95 Points adding to his recent reviews of 95 points for our 2015 Coonawarra Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon along with scoring the stunning 2013 ‘Sydney Reserve’ Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon an incredible 97 Points.

Here’s what James had to say about our 2015 Cabernet Merlot: “A 76/24% blend matured in French oak (18% new) for 15 months. The deep, bright crimson-purple colour signals a bouquet of exceptional fragrance, laden with cassis fruit plus a garland of oak. The splendidly upholstered palate is full of rich fruit, but still retains shape and faultless balance.  Drink to 2035.”

97 Points James Halliday - Leconfield 'The Sydney' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

May 10's ‘Halliday Wine Companion’ featured James’ recent Coonawarra Cabernet tasting and our 2013 Leconfield 'The Sydney' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was ranked the highest with an astounding 97 Points.

‘A true Reserve from the best rows planted 30 years ago, picked 20 Mar, in a single open fermenter, pressed before dryness to finish fermentation in new French hogsheads, matured for 29 months. This really is a beautiful cabernet, the barrels made by Dargaud and Jaegle (which I used at Coldstream Hills from '85 through to '96) that impart less oak flavour than other coopers. It is totally integrated with the opulent cassis fruit.’ Drink to 2043 -  James Halliday

The 2013 vintage is due for release in July 2017. Please contact Leconfield on (08) 8232 8830 for more information.

James Halliday scores for Leconfield 2015 Vintage

James Halliday has just released his points and tasting notes for our 2015 vintage and we have had great results with four of our wines being ranked at 93 points or higher.  
 
•         2015 Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 Points
Good colour; the excellent vintage has provided winemaker Paul Gordon with a full hand of cassis and mulberry to play with, and he’s played his cards well. The overall result is a medium-bodied cabernet that is already seductive, but please keep your hands off it for the first few years of what will be a long life.
 
•         2015 Leconfield Coonawarra Merlot – 95 Points
It's easy to see why this should have won a gold medal at the Limestone Coast Wine Show '16, its juicy cassis fruit augmented by the spicy fruit and tannin extract, the result of barrel fermentation of part of the wine. This is right up there in the context of traditional Aus clones available between '82 and '99.
 
•         2015 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz – 94 Points
Night-harvested from the estate Farm Block, fermented on skins for 7 days, a portion barrel-fermented, matured in French oak. Good, deep colour; a very well-made medium - to full-bodied shiraz, its terroir first and foremost with supple black fruits, a dash of chocolate, good length and balance, the tannins ripe and round, the oak totally integrated.
 
•         2015 Leconfield Coonawarra Chardonnay – 93 Points
Coonawarra and chardonnay by and large have a stand-offish relationship, but this wine is one exception to prove the rule. The fruit is mid-range between stone fruit and citrus, and has been enhanced by the nutty/mealy influence of the oak. It is elegant and ready now.
 

'WineLine - The Hamilton Story' feature film receives Award in France

South Australian made wine industry feature film ‘Wine Line - The Hamilton Story’, last night won a third international film and media award – this time in France at a formal ceremony held at the magnificent Palais du Luxembourg in Paris.
The awards to date are:
• Trophy for The Best International Film - 22nd Festival Oenovidéo in France
• Finalist, Society & Social Issues Category - New York International Television and Film Awards
• Bronze medal for Cinematography - 2014 Cinematographer Awards

Follow the link to view a trailer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lek12v0xkqzhvap/Hamilton%20Film_Trailer.mp4