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
- Hut Block Vineyard
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.
- Farm Block Vineyard
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.
- Little Road Vineyard
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