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Past Vintages

Tasting Note 2018 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz.pdf
Tasting Note 2017 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz.pdf
Tasting Note 2016 Leconfield Shiraz.pdf
Tasting Note 2015 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz.pdf
Tasting Note 2014 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz.pdf
Tasting Note 2013 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz.pdf
Tasting Note 2012 Leconfield Shiraz_no price.pdf
Tasting Note 2011 Leconfield Shiraz-no price.pdf
Tasting Note 2010 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz.pdf
Tasting Note 2009 Leconfield Shiraz.pdf
Tasting Note 08 Leconfield Shiraz.doc
Tasting Note Leconfield Shiraz 07.pdf
Tasting Note 06 Leconfield Shiraz.pdf
Tasting Note lec shiraz 04.pdf
Tasting Note lec shiraz 03.pdf
Tasting Note Lec Shiraz 02.pdf
Tasting Note lec shiraz 01.doc
Tasting Note lec shiraz 00.doc

Technical Data

McLaren Vale 


Sugar at Picking:


6.4 grams/litre

Residual Sugar:
0.46 gram/litre


Yeast Type:
Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Leconfield Shiraz 2015_web.jpg

2018 Leconfield Shiraz


View Winemaker, Paul Gordon's Video Tasting Note here:

COLOUR: Rich full deep scarlet red.
BOUQUET: Bright, vibrant nose showing red plum and olive nuances overlayed with subtle oak that provides an element of coffee mocha.
PALATE: Lovely rich, full, concentrated ripe shiraz palate with fine tannins that provide persistence and length. Round acidity provides elegance and grace.
FOOD SUGGESTIONS: The wine will best match full flavoured plates of rare beef, aubergine lasagne, tapas.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: Immensely enjoyable in its youth and structured to mature and develop for a decade.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Our 'Farm' block just to the south of the McLaren Vale township provides the black loam soil over clay that limits yields and encourages small berries to produce the rich Shiraz fruit for this wine. Harvesting was at night to take advantage of cooler temperatures. Bunches were destemmed then allowed to ferment for 7-10 days on skins before pressing. The oak used for maturation was predominantly new and used French with some second use American to aid the perception of fruit sweetness and a light fining polished the soft tannin structure.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS: 2018 was an outstanding year in McLaren Vale. 
Above average rainfall in July and August set up the vines for a good growing season. October and November were relatively dry but relieved by good rains in December. Temperatures in most months from October to the end of harvest were slightly warmer than average with both maximum and minimum. Veraison was a little late, but proceeded rapidly after some hot January days. Ripening conditions during February and March were ideal with dry conditions and an absence of extreme temperatures provided rich fruit flavours and mature tannins.
OAK TREATMENT: 100% French oak - Initially 50% New and 50% large Vats for 8 months, then 6 months in 1-5 yo hogsheads to finish off.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Leconfield was established in 1974 by pioneering oenologist Sydney Hamilton who, at 76 years of age, had the dream to produce the classic Australian red wine. Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz provides a sibling to the classic Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, for which the estate is famous, the Coonawarra Merlot and its recent new addition, Cabernet/Merlot.

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