A DREAM REALISED
Wine writers and experts now had no doubts that Sydney had indeed succeeded, albeit late in life, in making the classic dry red.
The last wine made at Leconfield by this grand old figurehead of the Australian wine industry was the ’81 cabernet sauvignon. The first red wine made there by the new incumbent Richard Hamilton was the ’82 cabernet. He followed in the best family tradition for the wine won the ACI Trophy for the best dry red varietal at the 1984 Royal Easter Show at Sydney. It was released in 1985 after collecting, in addition to the Sydney trophy, gold medals at Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne.