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.
Peter Lehmann Wines works with over 140 growers across the length and breadth of the Barossa Valley region, with access to over 750 individual vineyard sites. The fruit for this wine comes from three premium vineyards producing a wine that is consistent with the original Peter Lehmann Shiraz style: robust and generous.
2015 was an early vintage following a cool and dry growing season and timely rainfall at veraison. These conditions have produced highly coloured, richly structured red wines destined for many years in the cellar.
The wine was fermented on skins for two weeks to maximise colour and flavour, then aged for 12 months in a mix of new and old French oak hogsheads.
This wine is bright crimson in colour, with aromas of crushed herbs, spices and black fruits. On the palate, it is soft, with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish.
|Grape varieties||100% Syrah/Shiraz|
|Region||Barossa Valley, South Australia|