The colour is vibrant red with a burst of dark cherry and spice on the bouquet leading to a softly textured finish. Shiraz delivers fruit depth and structure, while the Tempranillo is firm and savoury. Mourvedre brings a wild earthiness and all are bound together by the aromatic and spicy nature of Grenache which softens the palate.
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 large swathe of its old vines. The crisis passed, in large part thanks to Peter’s energy and vision, and the Lehmann winery became one of the Barossa’s – and Australia’s – outstanding wineries.
It was for his role as saviour of the Barossa and as the creator of this winery, that Peter was named ‘Personality of the Year’ by the International Wine Challenge in 2009.
Since its first vintage, the Peter Lehmann winery has championed Shiraz and Semillon, the two great traditional varieties of the Barossa. These blends use those two varieties as a base upon which to build a wine that expresses the new face of the Barossa, using varieties that are new or innovative. The unoaked white is a blend of Semillon, which adds structure and zest, and Muscat, which lends a delicate floral character, both complemented by the delicate spice of Gewürztraminer and given texture by the Pinot Gris. The red mingles Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Grenache with Shiraz to come up with a fragrant and spicy red that gives a supple texture and real interest on the palate. These smartly packaged wines show that while Peter Lehmann is a traditional Barossa winery, it continues to be as innovative today as it was 36 years ago.