Leconfield

2016 Leconfield Coonawarra 'The Sydney' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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. 2016 was a very early vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon in Coonawarra. 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 in February 2018, the wine will receive a further two years bottle aging before being released in July 2020.  Single Batch. Hand pruned. Hand crop thinned and shoot positioned.

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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.

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