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2015 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz

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This is that kind of comforting Shiraz that you pour for your friends and watch them become seduced by such a food friendly wine. It shows intensity on the nose with subtle characters of clove and cinnamon as well as integrated oak. The palate is elegant with a seamless structure of fruit, tannins and acid.

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Colour: Rich full deep scarlet.

Bouquet: Dense rich full fruit nose in the pepper/ blood plum spectrum. Fine grained French oak has contributed layers of vanilla and cinnamon to complex the fruit.

Palate: This is a stylish wine. It has full flavour in which the seamless, silky tannins mould with the concentrated fruit to provide richness, yet it retains a tight, elegant structure.

Food Suggestions: Full flavoured foods. Red meats. Sunday roast. Vegetarian lasagne.

Cellaring Potential: 8 - 10 years.

Winemaking Notes: The inherent fruit vibrancy of the wine comes from our 'Farm' block. Fruit is harvested at night to take advantage of the naturally cool temperatures, then fermented on skins for a week. A portion of the wine was barrel fermented to integrate the fruit and oak and racked several times to aid natural clarification, integrate the oak and to soften and complex the tannin structure. The fruit, sourced fruit from estate vineyards, has been selected to give the depth for which this wine is renown.

Vintage Conditions: Good winter rainfalls provided the moisture in the vineyards for what was to become a dry and warm ripening season. January temperatures were above average. Significant rain that fell on Valentine's Day, provided initial anxiety but ultimately provided a much needed drink for the vines and delayed the harvest to allow flavour ripeness to develop. The result has been lovely, textured wines.

Oak Treatment: 100% oak matured for 16 months. 21% new French oak, 41% 2 year old French oak, 28% 3 year French oak.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

2015 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
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.
94
James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
Night-harvested from the estate Farm Block, fermented on skins for 7 days, a portion barrel-fermented, matured in French oak (21% new) for 16 months. 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.
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Full, bright crimson-purple; a high-quality shiraz, with great texture, structure and length, 20 months in French oak bringing its many qualities into high relief; intense peppery black fruits, fine tannins and a savoury finish.
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Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A fine expression of McLaren Vale shiraz whose floral. lightly minty and spicy aromas of blackberries, dark chocolates, cedar/vanilla oak and white pepper precede a smooth, deeply flavoured palate of depth and elegance. With a balanced influence of chocolate/vanilla oak, its spicy presence of dark fruits finishes with length and brightness, plus a hint of savoury saltiness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
This rich, firm and spicy shiraz marries its jammy and slightly meaty expression of prunes, currants and dark berries with smoky dark chocolate/mocha oak. Backed by suggestions of cloves and cinnamon, it's dry, firmish and savoury, but lacks great length of fruit. Marginally overcooked.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
88
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
These wines have good intensity of berry fruit, length of flavour and lively, balanced complex oak in support.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A powerful, quite extractive wine, in a role reversal (normally McLaren Vale looks to Coonawarra); obvious tannins on the blackberry fruit need to soften.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deeply coloured; dense and dark fruit aromas, with hints of chocolate and mocha; the palate is rich and chewy, but the flavour is vibrant and lively; very long, and quite tannic; patience required.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Sweet, spicy aromas of black and red berries, cedar/chocolate oak, blue flowers and slightly greenish suggestions of dried herbs precede a moderately intense palate of medium to full weight. Backed by firm, pliant tannin, with pleasing long and juicy flavours of berries and plums, it's an honest, well balanced regional and varietal wine.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium red; medium-bodied, with spicy/earthy/savoury notes throughout; fine tannins; overall a touch of austerity, no bad thing.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Spicy, slightly meaty aromas of dark plums, blackberries and leather overlie nuances of dark pepper, cloves and cinnamon. Smooth and sumptuous, its sour-edged expression of dark plums and berries, cedar/vanilla oak and firm but silky tannin shows pleasing integration and harmony. It finishes long, spicy and savoury, with a lingering core of jujube-like fruit and hints of mineral.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Dense, deep colour; rich, dense, fruit-flooded; blackberry and dark chocolate; fine, ripe tannins provide structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Spicy, peppery and leathery shiraz aromas of dark berries are backed by cedary oak and undertones of dried herbs. Medium to full in weight, it's fine and tightly knit, with dusty fine tannins and a sour-edged expression of plum and dark berry fruits married with slightly varnishy creamy chocolate oak. A little too herbal for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Clean, red berry fruits; smooth, medium-bodied; oak well balanced and integrated.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
88
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the clean blackberry and plum fruit of the bouquet has a nice touch of oak; the light to medium-bodied palate offers gently sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit, finishing with soft, ripe tannins. The wine is clean, and not gamey, and the fruit flavours are ripe.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the initial impression is of fresh spice and earth fruit, but complex liquorice characters gradually built in the glass; subtle oak. Similarly, spicy varietal character grew and grew on retasting; an elegant but complex wine in a particular style.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
90

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