2016 Peter Lehmann Cellar Archives Barossa Shiraz
From the excellent 2016 vintage, this is one not to miss. Healthy Barossa Shiraz was fermented and macerated on skins for up to two weeks, in addition to some partial barrel fermentation. The wine was then matured in a mix of old and new French oak hogsheads.Inky purple, this is alluringly plush with classic Barossa Shiraz characters. Chocolate, blackfruits, some earthy notes, cassis, tobacco leaf and more. This is a wine which needs some time to open up and a spell in the decanter before serving would do it no harm. With time, more flavours emerged, with hints of sawdust oak, an iodine note (certainly not in any way unappealing) and blackberries. The longer this wine was open, the better it got. Very soft cuddly tannins, this is a generous style. The finish lingers impressively. A wine with an exciting future still ahead of it and as good as it is now, expect it to get even better.
Ken Gargett - WinePilot.com
The Peter Lehmann Wines StoryIn 1979 Peter Lehmann parted ways with Saltram to start Masterson Wines, the company which has since evolved into Peter Lehmann Wines, in a move solely designed to help the growers he had built relationships with over the years. Peter took the surplus grapes and doing business on a handshake sold wine on a “pay now and we’ll deliver in two years” arrangement called ‘The Futures’. This raised enough money to buy the growers’ fruit and process it into what became the first ever vintage of Peter Lehmann wine in 1980. Today the winemaking team at Peter Lehmann have a collective winemaking mentality defined by former chief winemaker and mentor, Andrew Wigan. Over the years there has been a natural evolution within the team but the approach has remained the same; consistency and a continuous strive for perfection. "We are always looking for ways to make better wine. To never rest on our laurels. There is a strong sense of pride and tradition that surround our wines.” Tim Dolan, Senior Winemaker