Lienert Vineyards is a partnership between brothers John and James Lienert, 5th generation descendants of Carl Freiderich August Conrad Lienert who purchased land at She-Oak Log on the western edge of the Barossa Valley in 1854. The name Lienert means ‘lion hard’, and the lion head – a mark of strength and determination – is a symbol that links pride in their heritage, with their future as grape growers and winemakers.
The 2016 vintage marked the first year that brothers John and James reserved small parcels of fruit from selected blocks on their estate vineyards to make wine under the Lienert Vineyards label. This year also marked 10 years since their father last made wine from the vineyards he had planted back in 2001.
It tastes of leather, plum and milk coffee and it slips down easily and well. It has a softness to the texture, a boldness to the fruit and a generally mellowed out feel. Still primary but with flashes of secondary. Basically it doesn’t put a foot wrong. Tasted: April 2020; Alcohol: 14.3%; Price: $50; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2026+; Rated: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
For all practical reasons, identical vinification to its '17 sibling. The wine itself is very different, more savoury than sweet, and with clear-cut Barossa flavours, the tannins ripe and balanced. Drink to: 2036; Date Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 14.3%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday; Wine Companion
It's wonderfully ripe and opulent, showing blackberry, dark plum, dark cocoa and spicy oak characters on the nose, leading to an impressively concentrated palate that’s plush and lingering. The wine is gorgeously styled and fabulously expressed with a lengthy silky finish. Now to 2030; Rating: 95 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
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