The owners of Leconfield family wine business are Dr. Richard Hamilton and his wife Jette. The underlying philosophy at Leconfield Brand is that ‘Great wines are crafted from great vineyards’. The two of its renowned wine labels, Leconfield Wines and Richard Hamilton Wines, source its fruit from Coonawarra and McLaren Vale wine regions respectively.
The story of Hamilton dates to 19th Century making it one of the first few Australian winemaking families. It was in 1837 that Hamilton Vineyards were planted from the vine stock that was brought from South Africa. Fast forward to 1972, Dr Richard Hamilton, the great-great-grandson of Richard, with the help of his father Burton, an accomplished viticulturist and uncle, Sydney Hamilton, laid down the foundation stone of the winery. It was proceeded by buying land in Coonawarra region to kick-start ‘Leconfield’ wine label in 1974 with the aim of growing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at much acclaimed ‘terra rossa’ soil. In 2001, Paul Gordon joined Leconfield as winemaker bringing with him the experience needed to craft exceptional quality wines.
- Mclaren Vale
These vines are among the oldest in McLaren Vale. It covers a total vineyard area of 48.6 acres. A unique ‘Lyre Trellis’ system is employed to grow Chardonnay The soil composition includes sandy clay loam.
This is the site from where the grapes are sourced for its award-winning Shiraz. These vines cover an area of 54.9 acres. The soil composition includes red loam over clay and limestone.
This vineyard covers an area of 18.9 acres. The soil composition includes red brown loam with river pebbles over clay.
Coonawarra wine region is known for producing the Australia’s best Cabernet Sauvignon. Besides, it is known for producing unique styles of Shiraz, Merlot in red and Chardonnay and Riesling in white varieties. Leconfield total vineyard area here spans in 107.98 acres.
- Richard Hamilton
Awards and Appreciation
Leconfield won the trophy for ‘Most Successful Exhibitor’ along ‘Peter Wehl Trophy’ and ‘Small Batch and Experimental Wines trophy’ In 2016 Limestone Coast Wine Show.
Recently, James Halliday has awarded four Leconfield wines more than 93 Points. These are-
2015 Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Leconfield Coonawarra Merlot, 2015 Leconfield McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2015 Leconfield Coonawarra Chardonnay
This 2017 vintage of Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc from Adelaide Hills region is an award winning wine by Lester Jesberg Wine Wise.
Coming from the famous Yarra Valley, this Pinot Noir is a 14 percent alcohol wine. Check out the price of Giant Steps Pinot Noir and buy this wine online.
The Penfolds Koonunga Hills Shiraz Cabernet is a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon with Shiraz varieties. If you have tasted the wine please leave your review here for the benefit of other winelovers. This can be bought and cellared for a period of about 2 years which makes it worth collecting for a short terms period.
Penfolds Koonunga Hills is a popular wine range of Penfolds label which is one of the topmost wineries of Australia.
“Wait! Wines have preservatives!”
A growing number winemakers seem to be talking about preservative-free wines by the day. To understand what are preservative-free wines, we need to know that wines often contain sulphur dioxide. Let us reflect on what it is, and the role it plays in wine preservation.
While it’s not the only one, sulphur dioxide is the most widely used preservative in wine. Wine aficionados may have even noticed the “Preservative 220 Added” line on labels. 220 is the code for Sulphur dioxide. It is also often referred to as sulphites, or maybe written as SO2. Interestingly, it’s the same chemical that is used for preserving dried fruit, such as apricots.
Role of sulphites in wine
We have all heard of the age-old cliché that the older a wine, the better. This is probably true for most wines, except for the ones that are crafted for immediate consumption. Wines mature over the years, and as they do, the flavours come together and get balanced. (Hence you may experience more individual flavours when you taste a newer wine.) For wines to be able to last so many years, decades in many cases, SO2 may be added since it discourages bacterial growth and oxidization. Its importance in winemaking cannot be underplayed.
“Is Sulphur Dioxide Harmful?”
Debunking the myth, no, it’s not! Unless you have a ‘wine allergy’, you don’t need to avoid them. Those intolerant to the chemical may experience symptoms like dizziness, headaches and congestion. Asthma patients are more prone to these allergic reactions than others.
“I drink mostly organic wines. Are organic wines preservative-free?”
Simply speaking, organic wines contain no ‘added’ sulphur dioxide to much less of it than the amount a normal wine may contain. We use the term added because all wines, including organic, have some naturally-occurring sulphites anyway. Released during grape fermentation, they act as natural preservatives.
“Which Preservatives Are Used In Wines?”
Apart from SO2, potassium metabisulphite is used as a preservative in wine too. It is coded as ‘preservative 224’.
“Which Is The Best Australian Preservative-free Wine?”
Our list of some great preservative-free Australian wines includes Battle of Bosworth Puritan Shiraz, Bunn Shiraz, Freehand Merlot and Happs Preservative Free Red/ PF Red.
This wine from Wolf Blass has a 13 percent alcohol content which makes it a medium alcohol white wine. It has aromas of dried orchard fruits.
If you have tasted this wine before, please share your review here for the sake of those who are looking forward to have it.
Grant Burge is a well-recognized name in the Aussie wine industry. The video here shows some of the most highly acclaimed and oldest wines from this winery. These include the icon wines and the wines of distinction range.