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Leconfield Wines Pty. Ltd. / Richard Hamilton Wines

P.O. Box 370, 5171 McLaren Vale
439 Main Road, 5171 McLaren Vale
Australia
Telephone +61 8 83238830
Fax +61 8 83238881
info@leconfieldwines.com

This company is co-exhibitor of
Wine Australia

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Product category: wines from Coonawarra

2019 Leconfield 'La Sevillana' Coonawarra Rosé

We wanted to capture the elegance of Merlot in this wine through cool night harvesting. No pressing was used in the extracting of juice, producing a lightly coloured and elegant wine. 75% of the juice was treated as an aromatic white - cold settled, racked with low solids and cold fermented using an aromatic yeast. The other 25% was fermented with whole solids and natural yeast at a warmer temperature, then allowed to partially undergo malo-lactic fermentation to promote mouthfeel and length. The wine was stored on light lees, then received a light fining before stabilising, filtration and bottling in July 2019.

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Product category: wines from Coonawarra

2018 Leconfield Merlot

We are fortunate to have mature Merlot vines planted from 1982 to 1999, a significant proportion of which is dry grown. Supporting this fruit is a block of newer clones (R8 and Q45-14) which produce small berry size producing intense colour and a deeper flavour profile. Fermentation on skins was for 7-12 days after which the wines were pressed and allowed to settle before maturation in 100% French Oak with two rackings over 14 months to soften the tannin structure. The wine was blended in April 2019 and prepared for bottling in May.

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Product category: wines from Coonawarra

2015 Leconfield 'The Sydney' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The key to this wine was the vineyard selection made at harvest. We were meticulous in choosing the most consistently ripe grapes from our 30 year old vineyard and fermenting in ourfavourite small fermenter. During fermentation, air was used several times daily to gently extract the flavours from the skins. Pressing was performed before complete sugar dryness to allow  the fermentation to finish in new Dargaud and Jaeglé French Oak hogsheads. The wine was emptied from oak several times during its maturation and received a light fining before bottling.

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Product category: wines from Coonawarra

Syn Rouge Sparkling Shiraz

Fresh Coonawarra Shiraz was made in a fine, elegant style and matured in oak. Secondary fermentation has provided natural effervescence and the wine has been liqueured to give a creamy palate. 2% vintage port was blended in the liqueur to the wine to provide complexity.

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Product category: wines from Coonawarra

2018 Gida's Rosé

We have selected Merlot as the main variety for this wine. The fruit was allowed to have 12 hours of contact with its skins and then the free run juice syphoned off, cold settled and essentially handled as a white wine. Ferment temperatures were kept cold to maximise the fragrance and finesse, and the ferment halted just before complete dryness to retain fruit and palatability.

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Product category: wines from Coonawarra

2016 Lot 148 Merlot

Our grapes for this wine come from two vineyards just to the south of McLaren Vale: Farm Block, planted in 1985 and Hut Block, planted in 1998. We take the approach of making a structured Merlot with good depth and a fine background of tannin while retaining the opulence typical of the variety. Individual batches were pressed prior to dryness then oak matured following malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was assembled then bottled in May 2017. The style of wine to which we aspire is one that shows good length and sweet fruit with well structured tannins and excellent length – a more up-market Australian style. 

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Product category: wines from Coonawarra

2019 Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris

Following harvest in the cool of the morning, the grapes were cold pressed and free run and pressings kept separate. Natural settling of the juice produced bright juice to which an aromatic yeast was used to ferment the components to sugar dryness. Only the fine free run juice has been used to make this wine. The cool Adelaide Hills region has become renown for producing fine, elegant wines. This wine was sourced from Balhannah. Richard Hamilton is the fifth generaion of his family to farm grapes and craft wine.

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Product category: wines from Coonawarra

Farm Twelve Mourvèdre

We selectively picked from our 0.8 ha single vineyard, separating low yielding vines to go into this wine. The grapes were destemmed and fermented in a single small fermenter and pressed once the sugar had been depleted. We wanted the fruit of the grape to shine so maturation was in older oak to gain complexity but not detract from the primary fruit. Mourvèdre is grown widely in southern France and in Spain (where it is known as Monastrel). Along with Grenache it is typically one of the last grape varieties to ripen in our McLaren Vale vineyard.

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Product category: wines from Coonawarra

2017 Hut Block Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit selected for this wine comes from our vineyard blocks to the south of the McLaren Vale township.  Some oak fermentation has been used to enhance the aroma of the wine. The individual ferments were assembled on the first racking to allow the blend to mature as one wine. Our philosophy is to augment, rather than dominate, the fruit with oak and as a result 25% of the oak is new or one year old, with the remaining being used in the previous blends.

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Product category: wines from Coonawarra

2018 Leconfield Cabernet Franc

Single Vineyard. Our Cabernet Franc vineyard was planted in 1982 and we make this wine as a single vineyard wine. The fruit was harvested on March 22nd and fermented as a single batch for 7 days. Following pressing and malo-lactic fermentation, the wine was racked to predominantly used hogsheads to allow the fruit of the wine to shine through. The wine was racked several times to soften the tannins before ultimately being prepared for bottling in July 2019 We believe this to be a very good example of the variety, without the firm tannins often associated with Cabernet Sauvignon. It has elegance and strength. Jancis Robinson has described it as 'subtly fragrant and gently flirtatious', a more 'feminine side of Cabernet Sauvignon'.

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About us

Company details

Leconfield is a remarkable family wine business owned by Dr Richard Hamilton and his wife Jette. It encompasses two of South Australia's leading wine labels, both attributable to the Hamilton family: 
Leconfield Wines at Coonawarra
Richard Hamilton Wines at McLaren Vale.

With a strong wine industry heritage dating from 1837, the family has developed a distinguished international reputation for elegant fine wines.

Leconfield wines are based on a simple philosophy – great wines are crafted from great vineyards.

The Owners
Inspired by his viticulturist father Burton, Richard Hamilton, fifth generation wine grower, established his own winery and vineyards at McLaren Vale in 1972. 

Since then, Richard and his wife Jette have built up their vineyard holdings, some of which are in excess of 100 years old. These holdings are comprised not only of Burton’s McLaren Vale vineyards but also his Uncle Sydney’s winery and vineyards in Coonawarra. 

As well as maintaining his wine and viticulture interests, Dr Richard Hamilton is a leading surgeon in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery based in Adelaide, South Australia. For more information on Hamilton House please click the following link http://www.hamiltonhouse.com.au/index.html 

Jette Hamilton was born in the Danish village of Odense and first met Dr Hamilton in January 1979 in Scandinavia. One year later they were married and in February 1980 Jette moved to Australia
Jette’s Danish heritage is strongly reflected in a number of elements of the McLaren Vale Cellar Door, most obviously the gabled roof. The four peaked roof is modelled on a fishery storehouse, located in the northern village of Skagen, the storehouse is still there today. Other Danish elements include the large windows that allow plenty of natural light into cellar door, creating a spacious airy atmosphere. The use of lighter timber, oak and pine are also based on Danish design. 

Jette, Richard and their two children, Annasofia and Thomas travel to Denmark every second year to visit their family.
Richard and Jette are proud of their family’s winemaking and viticulture heritage and are passionate about working with their winemaking team to ensure the company continues to produce premium quality wines that are in demand around the world.

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