Introducing Leogate Estate
Monday, 28 May 2018, London, United Kingdom (for immediate release)
After a successful pre-release tasting earlier in the month, Great Wine Estates is very pleased to introduce a new, family-owned, sustainable producer Leogate Estate Wines to the United Kingdom, landing on 1 June.
Lynne and David Levin MBE visited the sustainable Hunter Valley estate in early 2018 and were delighted by the complexity of the wines, meticulously crafted at the foot of the Brokenback Ranges, in Australia’s oldest wine producing region.
“I remember walking the rows of the Brokenback Vineyard when it was first planted 40-odd years’ ago by my great friend Len Evans. It is wonderful to see how well those old vines are being looked after today,” David recalled.
The vines were first planted at Leogate in the early 1970s by ‘one of the founding fathers of the modern Australian wine industry’, Len Evans AO OBE. Current custodians, vignerons Bill and Vicki Widin bought the original 50-hectare (123-acre) Brokenback Vineyard in 2008, with Hunter-born head winemaker Mark Woods at the helm since 2010. Mark brings an inherent sensibility for the region’s gorgeous, waxy, lemon-lime acidity of semillon and the graceful, red-berried and spiced shiraz. (See over for wine notes.)
The estate is in the heart of Pokolbin in the Lower Hunter Valley, some 170 kilometres (105 miles) north of Sydney. A blue, eucalyptus haze hangs over the Brokenback Range with its ridges’ red volcanic soils sloping into the gentle undulations of the valley floor, which sits on gravelly sandy loam over clay and limestone, with fossils still visible on the surface from the ancient seabed.
Leogate Estate has been recognised both at home and abroad. The winery has been awarded a 5-Star rating from James Halliday’s 2018 Australian Wine Companion for the seventh year running. It has won the IWC Trophy for Best New Wine and medals at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show and Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Competition. Qantas First & Business class have served the wines over the past four years.
Leogate Estate Wines are one of the most recent additions to the exciting Great Wine Estates portfolio of regionally authentic, sustainable, handcrafted and family-owned international wine estates.
Available from 1 June 2018 across the United Kingdom market.