Regions > South Australia> Limestone Coast Zone > Coonawarra region

: Leconfield



Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra, 5263

Cellar Door: Mon - Fri (9-5), weekends and pub hols (10 - 4.30)

Ph: (08) 8737 2326

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Leconfield cellar door (photo:genxywines)

Leconfield labelLeconfield was established 1974 by the then 74 year old Sydney Hamilton (who had retired from the Barossa Hamilton-Ewell Vineyards).

The original plantings were the region's classic variety, Cabernet Sauvignon. However, Sydney saved a small section of the best soils for Riesling cuttings he had sourced from Happy Valley in Adelaide. This enabled him to continue producing a small amount of dry white wine in the style for which he had become famous.

He sold the winery in 1980 to his nephew, Richard Hamilton, who had experience with his own winery in the McLaren Vale. The two wineries are now integrated into a single company with two cellar doors.

The winery has a reputation for integrity - they dumped their entire vintage after a fungal infection, and again following the Ash Wednesday bushfires.

In 2001, Paul Gordon, a former Jimmy Watson Trophy winner, joined as senior wine-maker.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: 2027+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, aromatic and focussed cassis, mulberry and dark plum with violet and sage notes, light touch of mint, earthy and medium-full bodied with graphite minerality, †firm tannins and toasty cedar/mocha oak (****1/2)

Leconfield Old Vine Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2017 or 2024 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, floral and linear, bright lemon grass and lime with orange blossom notes, a light dusting of brown spices, chalky palate with powdery phenolics and a firm, minerally acid †finish (****)

Leconfield Merlot 2014

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, floral and dusty black cherry, dark plums and blueberry with lavender and black olive notes, smooth and medium bodied with powdery tannins and a streak of graphite minerality, †toasty nutmeg/cinnamon oak (****(

Leconfield Chardonnay 2014

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, creamy barrel fermented style showing yellow peach, lemon butter and melon with ginger undertones, buttery palate with crisp orange peel acidity and plenty of almond/cinnamon oak (***1/2)

Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($33)

Drink: †2026+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, †aromatic and plush blackcurrant and mulberry with modest minuteness, violet florals and a sprinkling of sage, deep set and medium bodied with excellent length and firm powdery tannins, the toasty vanilla/cinnamon/dark chocolate oak is a bit overt at moment but will settle (****)

Leconfield Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2016 or 2021+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: †Dec 2015, floral and †fresh lime, apple ad lemon sherbet with orange blossom notes and a light dusting of musky spices, linear with a spine of chalky phenolics with crisp lemony acidity (****)

Leconfield Merlot 2013

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: May 2015,†tightly wound cassis and cherry with lavender and black olive notes, medium bodied palate is framed by the backbone of powdery tannins, underpinned with some graphite minerality, integrated French/American oak brings some nutmeg and cinnamon to the finish (****)

Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, quite perfumed, plush and brightly flavoured plumcake and cassis entry with violet, sage and earth notes, medium-full bodied with good length and vibrant acidity, finishes firm and savoury with powdery tannins and ample toasty cedar/cinnamon/mocha oak (****1/2)

Leconfield Old Vines Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015 or 2021 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, floral and dry apple, lemon sherbet and lime with orange blossom and musky spice notes, chalky palate is rounded with fresh lemony acidity (****)

Leconfield Cabernet Merlot 2012

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, juicy cassis and plum with mint and black olive motes, savoury and medium bodied with dusty tannins, mocha-cedar oak (***1/2)

Leconfield Old Vines Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2014 or 2021+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, from the 1974 vines, floral, dry and focussed lime, lemon sherbert and apples with orange blossom and rose petal florals, dusty and spicy with excellent line and length running down the phenolic spine (****1/2)

Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, from a cold, wet vintage, lean and light-medium bodied plum and redcurrants with menthol and savoury notes, fresh acidity and nutmeg/coffee/cinnamon French and American oak (***)

Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2018+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, from 30 year old vines, ripe and plush expression showing mulberry, plumcake and cassis with dried herb and olive notes, long, medium bodied and earthy palate with grainy open tannins, cedar-vanilla-mocha French oak with a touch of nutmeg (***1/2)

Leconfield Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, full barrel ferment and partial malo,† creamy lemon butter, white peach and lime although the fruit expression is restrained, maintains a fairly tight line with crisp grapefruit acidity, balanced spicy almond/cinnamon oak, less broad and blowsy than the drought vintages (***1/2)

Leconfield Old Vines Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013 or 2020+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, from vines established in 1974 (ironically the last vintage that was this mild and wet), careful fruit selection has helped deal with this most challenging of vintages, if anything the cool vintage has helped the natural acid expression, shapely with good depth and line, lime and lemon rind with brown spice, orange blossom and jasmine notes, talcy texture with persistent tangy grapefruit acidity, a flinty dry finish (3 gm/l residual sugar), worth putting one of these in the cellar as it will be longer lived than most Coonawarra Rieslings (****1/2)

Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, from 30 year old vines, ripe and pure expression mulberry and cassis with dried herb and pronounced mint notes, long, medium bodied and earthy palate with firm sinewy tannins, well judged charry cedar-vanilla-mocha French oak (****)

Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, Gold Medal at Sydney Wine Show 2010, rich and vibrant cassis and mulberry with mint and violet notes, long medium-full bodied palate, the well judged spicy and charry oak brings cigar box, cinnamon and sweet vanilla, lingering savoury and minerally finish (****1/2)

Leconfield Old Vines Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, from 1974 vines, attractive and shapely green apple, lime and guava flavours, very fine talc texture and subtle savoury lees spects, the penetrating grapefruit acids give this line and length missing from most of regionís Rieslings, 3.5 gms/litre residual sugar (****)

Leconfield Coonawarra Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, broad and smoky nectarine and peach with fig and savoury yeast lees notes, the partial malo brings some butteriness but not too much, charry cinnamon-almond oak and fresh lemony acids (***)

Leconfield Old Vines Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2010 or 2018 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, the vines date back to 1974, while the overall impression is fairly dry there is a small 5% botrytis input, vibrant lime, apple and passionfruit with some toasty honeysuckle notes, well structured chalky backbone, good length and balance (****)

Leconfield Syn Rouge NV

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, this is a sparkling Merlot made from the 2008 Coonawarra and McLaren Vale vintages, there is a 2% dosage of vintage port, creamy blackberry, raspberry and sarsparilla, fuller bodied than many sparkling reds iwth some oak treatment but not particularly complex, well balanced acidity (***1/2)

Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($31)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, ripe and tangy blackberry and mulberry with pepper, cinnamon and white pepper notes, slightly forward and medium-full bodied palate, plenty of tobacco, dark chocolate and cedar oak features with savoury grainy tannins (***1/2)

Leconfield Coonawarra Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, rather ripe plum, redcurrant and prune with fruitcake aspects, medium-bodied, sweet and spicy up front but the fruit hollows out too quickly and is submerged under the ample cedar, mocha, vanilla and cigar box oak features that extend the length (***)

Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, ripe cassis and blackcurrant with violet and raspberry nuances, plenty of supporting liquorice and mint, medium-full bodied and herbal without the greenness of the 2002 vintage although there is still acid hit, oak imparts cedar, vanilla and chocolate aspects to the finish, fine grained powdery tannins (****)

Leconfield Coonawarra Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, fairly intense for the region with white peach and melon following the sweet mango/pineapple entry, oily palate shows wholemeal aspect with plenty of barrel ferment texture, lime and citric acid finish (***1/2)

Leconfield Coonawarra Old Vines Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, pre-release sample, lime and grapefruit with a hint of orange blossom, very bright and fruity at moment but there are some mineral notes, zesty acid with a crisp, dry finish (***1/2)

Leconfield Coonawarra Old Vines Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, lime and mandarin, forward citrussy palate with some mineral notes on the crisp finish, bit short (***)

Leconfield Coonawarra Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2006, redcurrant and blackcurrant aromas, sweet light-medium bodied with a hint of mint and pepper on the finish, assertive cedar-chocolate oak, smooth tannins (***)

Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Purchased: Melrose Park bottle shop, Adelaide, Dec 2003 ($22)

Drink: 2004

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2003, fairly closed nose of mulberry and cassis, hints of meat and asparagus also on palate, minty finish but tannins a bit harsh and green (**1/2)