Leabrook Estate Cabernet Franc Adelaide Hills 2007

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Leabrook Estate is a family-owned boutique winery located in the cool climate Adelaide Hills at Balhannah in South Australia. From an engineering background and having made wine for 30 years, Colin Best is the winemaker and grapegrower. His wife, Chris, manages the marketing and sales for the company. Colin's wine making philosophy places emphasis on low yields, good pH, plenty of light, and optimum picking. Vineyards are closely planted vines heavily pruned with minimal irrigation and only top quality French and some American oak barrels are used. Boutique winemaking has a number of inherent advantages, mainly to do with quality control associated with small quantities. Every barrel can be hand nurtured during the year and crafted into a style based on the same fruit source each year. Techniques can be fine tuned, both in winemaking and possibly more importantly in the vineyard, where the vines balance can be determined to give the best quality fruit for the particular site. Leabrook Estate specialises in high quality Pinot Noir and in a comprehensive range of regional white wines, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay for which the Adelaide Hills is becoming acclaimed, together with a range of cool climate red variety wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Grapes: 100% Cabernet Franc Region: Adelaide Hills Winemaking: Long cold pre-fermentation soak with only partly crushed berries (no whole bunches). A percentage of natural yeast is used. Temperature controlled, so it never goes above 22 degrees C. No post fermentation maceration. lightly pressed and left to settle for three weeks in bulk then placed in 2-3 year French oak casks plus a couple of new ones, and not racked until bottling time. Natural malolactic fermentation the following Spring. ABV: 14.5%alc Tasting Notes: Deep crimson in colour. The nose is dominated by dark berries and tobacco leaf/cigar box overtones with hints of dry herbs. The palate has rich mouthfeel and silky tannins with dark berry fruits, and hints of cardamon and nutmeg.

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Leabrook Estate:
Leabrook Estate is a family-owned boutique winery located in the cool climate Adelaide Hills at Balhannah in South Australia. From an engineering background and having made wine for 30 years, I am the winemaker and grapegrower. My wife, Chris, manages the marketing and sales for the company. Leabrook Estate specialises in high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and produces wines from a range o... Read more
Leabrook Estate is a family-owned boutique winery located in the cool climate Adelaide Hills at Balhannah in South Australia. From an engineering background and having made wine for 30 years, I am the winemaker and grapegrower. My wife, Chris, manages the marketing and sales for the company. Leabrook Estate specialises in high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and produces wines from a range of other cool climate varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Read less

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Source: Great Wines Direct
11/08/2010

Leabrook Estate is a family-owned boutique winery located in the cool climate Adelaide Hills at Balhannah in South Australia. From an engineering background and having made wine for 30 years, Colin Best is the winemaker and grapegrower. His wife, Chris, manages the marketing and sales for the company. Colin's wine making philosophy places emphasis on low yields, good pH, plenty of light, and optimum picking. Vineyards are closely planted vines heavily pruned with minimal irrigation and only top quality French and some American oak barrels are used. Boutique winemaking has a number of inherent advantages, mainly to do with quality control associated with small quantities. Every barrel can be hand nurtured during the year and crafted into a style based on the same fruit source each year. Techniques can be fine tuned, both in winemaking and possibly more importantly in the vineyard, where the vines balance can be determined to give the best quality fruit for the particular site. Leabrook Estate specialises in high quality Pinot Noir and in a comprehensive range of regional white wines, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay for which the Adelaide Hills is becoming acclaimed, together with a range of cool climate red variety wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Grapes: 100% Cabernet Franc Region: Adelaide Hills Winemaking: Long cold pre-fermentation soak with only partly crushed berries (no whole bunches). A percentage of natural yeast is used. Temperature controlled, so it never goes above 22 degrees C. No post fermentation maceration. lightly pressed and left to settle for three weeks in bulk then placed in 2-3 year French oak casks plus a couple of new ones, and not racked until bottling time. Natural malolactic fermentation the following Spring. ABV: 14.5%alc Tasting Notes: Deep crimson in colour. The nose is dominated by dark berries and tobacco leaf/cigar box overtones with hints of dry herbs. The palate has rich mouthfeel and silky tannins with dark berry fruits, and hints of cardamon and nutmeg.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
Vintage: 2006 03/23/2010

Leabrook Estate is a family-owned boutique winery located in the cool climate Adelaide Hills at Balhannah in South Australia. From an engineering background and having made wine for 30 years, Colin Best is the winemaker and grapegrower. His wife, Chris, manages the marketing and sales for the company. Colin's wine making philosophy places emphasis on low yields, good pH, plenty of light, and optimum picking. Vineyards are closely planted vines heavily pruned with minimal irrigation and only top quality French and some American oak barrels are used. Boutique winemaking has a number of inherent advantages, mainly to do with quality control associated with small quantities. Every barrel can be hand nurtured during the year and crafted into a style based on the same fruit source each year. Techniques can be fine tuned, both in winemaking and possibly more importantly in the vineyard, where the vines balance can be determined to give the best quality fruit for the particular sit...



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Leabrook Estate is a family-owned boutique winery located in the cool climate Adelaide Hills at Balhannah in South Australia. From an engineering background and having made wine for 30 years, Colin Best is the winemaker and grapegrower. His wife, Chris, manages the marketing and sales for the company. Colin's wine making philosophy places emphasis on low yields, good pH, plenty of light, and optimum picking. Vineyards are closely planted vines heavily pruned with minimal irrigation and only top quality French and some American oak barrels are used. Boutique winemaking has a number of inherent advantages, mainly to do with quality control associated with small quantities. Every barrel can be hand nurtured during the year and crafted into a style based on the same fruit source each year. Techniques can be fine tuned, both in winemaking and possibly more importantly in the vineyard, where the vines balance can be determined to give the best quality fruit for the particular site. Leabrook Estate specialises in high quality Pinot Noir and in a comprehensive range of regional white wines, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay for which the Adelaide Hills is becoming acclaimed, together with a range of cool climate red variety wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Grapes: 100% Cabernet Franc Region: Adelaide Hills Winemaking: Long cold pre-fermentation soak with only partly crushed berries (no whole bunches). A percentage of natural yeast is used. Temperature controlled, so it never goes above 22 degrees C. No post fermentation maceration. lightly pressed and left to settle for three weeks in bulk then placed in 2-3 year French oak casks plus a couple of new ones, and not racked until bottling time. Natural malolactic fermentation the following Spring. ABV: 14.5%alc Tasting Notes: Deep crimson in colour. The nose is dominated by dark berries and tobacco leaf/cigar box overtones with hints of dry herbs. The palate has rich mouthfeel and silky tannins with dark berry fruits, and hints of cardamon and nutmeg.

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