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'WineLine 2 - Odyssey' The Burton Hamilton Story

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Gold in Japan for Syn!

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Swing & Vines with The Lincolns

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95 Points - 2015 Leconfield Cabernet Merlot

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

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'WineLine 2 - Odyssey" Awarded Bronze at New York Film Festival 2018

‘WineLine 2 - Odyssey’, has won Bronze at the prestigious New York Television and Film Awards.The film chronicles the rich history of the Hamilton family, who have been making wine in the vineyards of South Australia since the 1800’s.

Dr Richard Hamilton said of the film “the development of the film has grown from the Hamilton family’s unique history in Australian winemaking and my intense desire to tell the story.”

“My family were the pioneer winemakers in the colony of South Australia back in the early 1830s, decades before Australia had even become a Federated nation,” Dr Hamilton added. “The film covers the Hamilton family’s journey and remarkable determination to create wine for enjoyment in what would have been, at times, incredibly challenging and confronting circumstances. The Hamilton story also inherently highlights Australia’s journey as a nation growing, developing and evolving both socially and technologically.”

The Judges for the New York Awards said “with entries in from over 40 countries, this year’s New York Festivals World's Best TV and Films presented a strong competition, so once again, congratulations.”

WineLine 2 - Odyssey tells the story of Dr Hamilton’s father, Burton Hamilton. Dr Richard Hamilton created the film as a personal project, as a way to tell the stories closest to him, and truthfully express his feelings about them.

“The film is really delivered through my eyes following Burton’s footsteps as a young man born in a vineyard, through to adulthood including his travels, work experiences, challenges and finally life as a vigneron and winemaker in Australia; and much more,” Dr Hamilton said.

“Making the film was quite an empowering and spiritual experience for me and helped me to understand just how hard my father’s life must have been.  I now feel that I know and understand him much better than I did as a young man.”WineLine 2- Odyssey, follows hot on the heels of Leconfield’s first film, WineLine - The Hamilton Story, which also achieved immense success.

Winner of the Trophy for The Best International Film at the 22nd Festival Oenovidéo in France 2016, winner of the Bronze Medal for Australian cinematography in 2014, and finalist in the 2015 New York Television and Film Awards, WineLine - The Hamilton Story chronicles the establishment of Leconfield Wines and the lives of the early Hamiltons.

Gold Medal - Syn Chardonnay Pinot Noir

20th Japan Wine Challenge awards

We are very proud to announce that our Syn Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV has been awarded a Gold Medal at the 20th Japan Wine Challenge, held in Tokyo.  With a total of over 1,700 wines from across the world entered this is an outstanding result for our favourite Sparkling Wine.

The awards were judged by a panel of over 30 top wine professionals from Japan and internationally. These included John Salvi MW, Jim Harre, Katsuyuki Tanaka, Anthony Rose, Andrew Caillard MW, Neal Martin, Rowald Hepp, Eduardo Dingler, and Marcelo Pino, as well as their counterparts from across the spectrum of Japan's wine trade and media.


Hoedown with The Heggarties

McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival Saturday June 9

Grab your partner and mosey on down for the hootenest scootenest night in town. The Heggarties are bringing the best of Americana music complete with Square Dance Calling to kick off the night.

Polish your boots and dust off your hat. Doors open from 6pm.

Food by Chipalicious.

Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines 439 Main Road McLaren Vale

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Swing & Vines with The Lincolns

McLaren Vale Se a & Vines Festival FREE ENTRY

The Linco‚Äčlns are back for another rocking Swing & Vines for the Monday of the McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival this June Long Weekend.

So put on your dancing shoes, grab the whole family and head on down to Leconfield and Richard Hamilton Wines at McLaren Vale for Swing & Vines!  We have everything you need - Swing & Jive dancing, vintage cars on display as well as Rockabilly themed market stalls. Plus this year we will be having a Best Dressed Competition for the girls, guys and the kids. 

Great food from Chipalicious will satisfy all your hunger cravings or just sit back and relax and soak up the great atmosphere.

To whet your whistle we will be serving Leconfield, Richard Hamilton and Syn wines by the glass plus Vale Ale beers and soft drinks. A coffee and dessert cart also available.

Entry is free. Doors open at 10am.

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.

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

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