Peter Lehmann, with 33 vintages already under his belt, started his own winery...
in 1979, partly as a means of helping with the glut of grapes then afflicting the Barossa. "I'll take your grapes and turn them into wine," he told the desperate growers, many of them conservative farmers of Silesian descent who regarded their old vines as part of their patrimony. "But I'll only be able to pay you when I sell the wine." They gratefully accepted. Without this deal, it is widely thought that the Barossa would have lost a huge chunk of its old vines. The 'Hill & Valley' wines are made from fruit selected, often from single vineyards, in the Barossa Valley and from the higher reaches of the adjacent Eden Valley.
The grapes were sourced from vineyards on the Eastern slopes of Eden Valley. This east-facing side is particularly cool as it lies over 400 metres above sea level on acidic sandy soils ideal for enhancing the natural acid balance of an exceptional Riesling.
The 2016 vintage in the Barossa’s Eden Valley began with warm and dry weather, no disease pressure and one magnificent rain event at the end of January. This was perfectly timed for veraison and flavour development.
The fruit was picked early, crushed, chilled and the juice immediately separated from the skins to enhance delicacy. Following cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was clarified and bottled.
A fresh, lively Riesling with a delicate green tinge and hints of freshly picked limes. The palate shows great fruit purity with a refreshingly crisp, dry finish and it is a wine that can be drunk now or aged with confidence for a few years where it will develop the complexity expected of a top flight Eden Valley Riesling.
|Grape varieties||100% Riesling|
|Region||Eden Valley, South Australia|