Over the years the Leconfield Riesling has taken its place amongst the best examples in Australia. Our 45-year-old Riesling comprises some of the original planting’s on the estate; mature vines which produce a crop of intensely flavoured fruit with wonderful varietal character every year.
Made in a dry style, the palate is elegant and fine and shows mid palate texture. It finishes crisp and clean with a light refreshing spritz.
Sydney Hamilton planted the 6 acre (2.6 ha) Riesling vineyard in 1974 and we have now completed a restructuring of the vineyard to sustain it over the next 40 or more years. We made several small parcels using different yeasts and techniques, included some barrel fermentation of a small batch in well seasoned hogsheads to provide texture and length. . Harvesting took place in the cold of the early morning and grapes were able to be placed in the air-bag press within minutes of picking. The juice was cold settling before fermentation and cool fermented to retain fragrant esters. Following fermentation, the wine was allowed to settle on its yeast lees then ultimately received a light fining to aid clarification.