Leasingham Classic Clare
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Leasingham Wines

Leasingham was established in the year 1893, and has been an integral part of the Clare Valley for over 100 years. The significance of Clare Valley? Well, some of you may know it to be the land of unbeatable Riesling.

Five-star wineries are scattered throughout the Clare Valley; along a stretch of 40km corridor between the towns of Auburn and Clare, you’ll find more than 50 cellar doors in that vicinity. Its signature wine, Riesling, is among the world’s best.

Leasingham is the name of a hamlet on the southern edge of the Clare Valley. It is approximately 117 kilometres from Adelaide and 17 kilometres south of the town of Clare. It is an agricultural district in which dry grain farming predominates but is largely surrounded by rolling vineyards in a very picturesque part of the Clare Valley. Leasingham is bisected by the Eyre Creek as it makes its way to the Wakefield River. The Riesling Trail is on the western fringe of the township, following the former railway route between Auburn and Clare.

Leasingham wines are currently owned by the Accolade group, the company that owns Hardys, Houghton, Arras, Bay of Fires, Petaluma, St Hallet, Grant Burge and other distinguished Australian wine brands. Only the most outstanding wines are selected for release under the premium Classic Clare label. Consistent show success rewards the depth and integrity of these distinctly regional wines.

Leasingham Classic Clare Riesling

This 2008 Classic Clare Riesling displays refreshing juicy and balanced acidity combining with a tightly structured backbone of mineral and slate that leads to a long and lingering finish.

Wonderful aromas of concentrated lime with hints of lemon blossom are present on the bouquet, leading into a fine and fleshy palate with appealing spicy, zesty and citrus flavours.

Winemaking Notes
Rainfall though below average was well timed around budburst and flowering. This resulted in good set and strong shoot growth. A 20 mm rain event in late December was critical in maintaining vine health during some hot periods over Christmas and in January. February was cool and characterised by cold nights which contributed to Riesling holding acidity and developing fine flavours. With strong vine health promoted by well-timed rainfall and a cool period of final ripening, 2008 will be considered a great year for Clare Valley Riesling.

Show Results

7 x Trophies
-Mick Knappstein Trophy for the best Current Vintage Riesling, Clare Valley Wine Show, Class 1, 2008. – Clear Image Labels Trophy for the Best Riesling in Show – Jim Barry Trophy for the Best Wine of Show – The Royal Queensland Trophy for the Best Gold Medal winning Mature White Wine, Two Years and Older in Classes 25 to 28. – The Brisbane Club Trophy for the Best Gold Medal winning Aged Riesling 2 Years and Over in Classes 25 and 54. – Best Riesling in show, Royal Hobart International Wine Show. – Most Successful Exhibitor, Royal Hobart International Wine Show.

Leasingham Classic Clare Cabernet Sauvignon

The bouquet is intensely aromatic, showing
characters of bay leaf, blackcurrant, cigar box
and chocolate mint.
With power and concentration, this wine shows
flavours of blackcurrant and cassis on the palate,
balanced by black olive and cedar spice. Also
showing juicy mouth coating tannin, it is kept
focused by a classically defined acid structure.
This wine may be cellared for over 10 years and
is best enjoyed with richly flavoured red meats
and hard cheeses.

Winemaking Notes
2006 was a strong year for red wine in the Clare
Valley. Good spring rains promoted strong vine
growth, which in turn gave the vines the capacity
to ripen fruit well. A warm season allowed the
fruit to ripen and display expressive character
and dense flavour.
Sourced from Clare Valley vineyards that are
approximately 40 years old, the fruit was
harvested based on taste at optimal maturity.
The wine was small batch open fermented
before individual parcels underwent basket
pressing and maturation in small French oak for
a period of around 18 months.

Show Results

1 x Trophy (Best Vintage Section Cabernet, Clare
Valley Wine Show 2007)
6 x Gold medals

Leasingham Classic Clare Shiraz

Tasting Notes
Deep burgundy red in colour.
Immediately the nose shows great complexity of flavour, it is powerful with choc-mint richness typical of the best Clare Valley Shiraz, with aniseed and dense with ripe plum fruit
The palate is exceptional in its depth of flavour and intensity. Its ripe fruit and full weighty nature carry the concentration of tannins with aplomb, giving rise to a palate of intense character, richly textured with woven ‘linen’ tannins and great persistence

Winemaker’s Notes
2010 Classic Clare Shiraz arises from old vines with small yields of intensely flavoured fruit. Complex, rich and bold -a wine of great textural depth, flavour and vibrancy.
The growing season for the 2010 vintage is widely acknowledged as a very good season for the vine. The ideal soil moisture coupled with a warm growing season and low cropping levels meant balanced vines produced very flavoursome, clean and evenly ripened fruit.
This is a carefully hand‐made wine that reflects some of the best the Clare Valley has to offer.