2019 Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
First released in 1977 this wine has long been the standard bearer of Leconfield stable with some superb wines produced under the label including the unforgettable 1998 vintage. Maturation took place in French oak (43% new) for a period of 18 months.
A seductive Coonawarra classic.
Magnificent colour featuring a saturated inky black core with a very deep dark red black hue. Pronounced ripe blackcurrant, liquorice and mulberry aromas are married to dusty vanillin cedar, bay leaf, violet and subtle tobacco notes. Possessing a refined opulence, the mid weighted palate shows terrific power and depth with rich blackcurrant, subtle liquorice and ripe mulberry fruits engulfing the mouth. Vanillin cedar, light earth, spicy tobacco and infusions of bay leaf lie underneath. Beautifully integrated yet structured tannins turning plush and velvety through the long alluring finish.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
The tune is Coonawarra but its melody is Leconfield. A riff of blackberries and satsuma plums, mint and menthol tempered by woodsy spices, and the oak just so. All flavours flow through to a palate just shy of full bodied. There's an elegance within, refreshing acidity and perfectly framed emery board tannins to close. Drink by 2036.
Jane Faulkner – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
An impressive edition of this classic Coonawarra cabernet that harnesses ripe blackcurrants and blueberries, as well as well-placed, smartly spicy oak. The palate has good concentration with a seamless drive of rich tannin carrying long, berry flavors. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
The bouquet is tremendously deep, gorgeously fragrant and varietal without any sign of greenness, while the palate is full-bodied and finely-textured, the structure excellent for cellaring without compromising its up-front appeal. A trace of coffee on the palate. It can already be enjoyed but has a long life ahead of it. Outstanding value for money, too.
Huon Hooke - The Real Review