If you want to experience the very best of a Coonawarra vintage, why not try and visit the region during the infamous Coonawarra After Dark 2018 weekend, 13-15 April. Experience all the excitement and buzz of vintage, as four Coonawarra wineries - including Brand’s Laira - open their doors to visitors at the very peak of the grape harvest.
For more information on Coonawarra After Dark, click here.
With Easter fast approaching, the Brand’s Laira team is excited to offer newsletter subscribers an exclusive Cellar Door March offer – just in time for long weekend celebrations with family and friends. Drinking beautifully now or perfect for cellaring, the March offer features a 6-pack of wine which includes 3 x 2013 Brand’s Laira Tall Vines Shiraz and 3 x 2013 Brand’s Laira 1968 Cabernet.
Take advantage of our exclusive Cellar Door offer today. All wines are in limited quantities so be quick so you don’t miss out. Click here to place order.
If you’re entertaining family and friends this Easter and looking for some inspiration, the Brand’s Laira team share what they’ll be serving up for Easter Sunday lunch.
“This Easter, my wife and I are hosting our immediate family for lunch. On the menu is a leg of roast lamb seasoned with sea salt and black pepper. I’ll pair this meal with Brand’s Laira 171 Cabernet Sauvignon (2012) – a rich, bold wine that will complement the succulent lamb flavours perfectly. This wine has been in my cellar for eight years now and it’s drinking beautifully.”
Trent Brand, viticulturist.
“Our Easter Sunday feast will be predominantly seafood, starting with an asparagus salad followed by scampi linguine for the main dish. Both dishes will match deliciously with Brand’s Laira Blockers Chardonnay (2012) which is vibrant and fruity, accompanied by creamy oaky notes.”
Amy Blackburn, winemaker.
“Since Easter usually involves enjoying chocolates (and more chocolates), I’ll be whipping up some homemade chocolate truffles to serve for dessert after Easter Sunday lunch. My recipe is quite simple and the resulting balls of goodness are sweet and rich! I’ll be offering my guests a glass or two of Brand’s Laira 1968 Vines (2013) as they nibble away at my decadent truffles!”
Sam Flint, Cellar Door manager.
Vintage arrived early in Coonawarra this year, keeping the Brand’s Laira winemaking and viticultural teams on their toes! As chief winemaker Peter Weinberg explains, a mixed bag of weather conditions during the growing season pushed vintage forward.
“Coonawarra experienced a wet Winter and Spring in 2017 which provided a good start to the season,” says chief winemaker Peter Weinberg.
“Our hearty vines showed their strength and resilience during some low temperatures in November. We’ve also experienced quite warm conditions over the past few months including a number of heatwaves which has played its part in pushing vintage forward.
"Picking the whites is well underway, with Riesling near completed. The Chardonnay grapes are showing some great characteristics and are looking very promising. We have also now picked some Merlot and Shiraz.
What’s really exciting for the winemaking team this vintage is our new ‘optical berry sorter’ – an innovative wine sorting machine that analyses our picked fruit and ensures only the best of the best make it into our wines. Our red berries have just been optical sorted and we are expecting some very high quality reds to come out of this vintage."
The perfect age means everything in winemaking.